Facebook: Surveillance and Changing Notions of Privacy in the Social Networking Era
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Like many college students rarely is there a time I log on to the internet without at least a quick check of my Facebook. I’ve always been fully aware that this isn’t the best of habits in terms of procrastination and time-wasting techniques, but I never quite understood the deeper concerns some critics seemed to have with the site. In my COM 262 class, Research Methods in Communication Studies, I used the semester-long assignment of investigating a surveillance related topic as a chance to uncover the darker side of the popular social networking site. In this paper I closely examine privacy and surveillance related issues with Facebook, including how the site and user’s personal profile information is used by institutions, advertisers, and the government. I hope that readers will be able to apply some of the information within this paper to their own Facebook activity.