Think of a social media site as a giant bulletin board in cyber-space. It belongs to someone else (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, whoever). THEY are allowing YOU to post stuff to THEIR bulletin board. Now, it’s on THEIR bulletin board for ANYONE to see. This information no longer belongs to YOU (as stated in the terms and agreements section)…it’s not private anymore. With the click of a mouse, the bulletin board owner can allow anyone to see YOUR pictures/words THEY now own!
When you signed up for your Facebook, Instagram or other social media account, you were required to agree with their service terms and conditions. However, did you actually read those terms and conditions? And if not, what exactly did you agree to?
In other words, Facebook can do whatever it wants whenever it wants with the things you post…regardless of whether or not your page is private and even if you deleted the content!
In other words, Snapchat retains the rights to keep your photos and do what it wants with them!
When we post questionable content online, such as drug/alcohol use, inappropriate photos, bad language, etc., we are setting ourselves up for a lot of potential consequences such as:
Once you press “Send” it’s out of your hands. There’s no way you can go to every phone, every computer, every device and every server and get that message back. It’s out there forever and for anyone to see.
“Catfishing” is the process of creating a fake personal profile on social media—pretending to be someone else, by using another person’s pictures and/or biographical information.
But how does this happen? These “identity thieves:”
Catfishing is a form of cyberbullying.