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After reading my peers’ blogs and doing much research on the various ethical issues raised by educational or business use of social media, I realized that there are countless unethical issues around the globe. As seen in Eugene’s post, there are firms worldwide fabricating information in order to defame their competitors. I conducted my own research out of curiosity and found out that Samsung hired online critics to attack HTC as shown here. I feel that customers are being deceived when organizations do this, they are also unable to fully trust reviews, online forums as all these may be fabricated on purpose.
From Beatrice’s post, another common unethical issue is Identity Theft. I went to do further research and found out various celebrities that are victims of this as shown here. Richest man in the world (Bill Gates), famous actor (Will Smith) and even the First Lady of USA (Michelle Obama) are victims of identity theft. This unethical issue is ever-growing and that is why personal information must be kept confidential as the Internet can never be trusted.
With all the unethical issues, I came across Isaac’s post and he mentioned an ethical issue of Social Media, which is how the Internet affects every country’s wellbeing, including its peoples’ lifestyles. I was surprised by Ethiopia’s 1% Internet penetration rate of its population. Penetration of Internet and Social Media can help boost the country’s economy by enabling individuals through online education and training. This is something that needs to be promoted and discussed.
In conclusion, Social Media and the Internet is a double-edged sword. People that use it unethically can bring about destruction and inconvenience to many lives. Hence, youth must be educated on the proper usage from a young age and the Internet will be a better place for all.
Yours Truly, Jef Tan Yi Yang