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Social networks: freedom versus protection June 6, 2008

Posted by BCME UK in Social media.
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By Clare

I feel like I should almost apologise for writing about social networking as it seems to be one of the over-used yet underwhelming topics of discussion in today’s media.

After reading yesterday’s Guardian I saw that yet another survey has been done on social networks, this time by the Press Complaints Commission. It’s saying that nine out of 10 people think there should be tighter regulation of information on sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

I guess it’s all about feeling you have the option to be protected and sheltered from unsightly content, even though we all fight hard to have freedom of speech and expression. I’m sure there’s a contradiction in there somewhere. But, for the most part, I have to agree. I do believe it’s the responsibility of the site to ensure they have a strict and consistent procedure that ensures that content such as this is removed immediately – or, ideally, is never posted in the first place.

With millions of people going on social networks everyday, I appreciate this is no easy task but I think more could be done to move us from this reactive situation into a far more proactive and consequently enjoyable experience when surfing the web.

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