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IMA 504 Ethic Paper

Since Internet has developed until now, it has become a main communication tool for our human. We share information through the Internet. It brings us convenience meanwhile we get unethical problems because of it.

Facebook  is a social network service, since February 2004 it first launched more and more people have become its loyal users. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than600 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. After a long time use, most people addict it and login it everyday. So there is an unethical problem for us, playing facebook online during office or school hours. When our friends or interest groups share something in facebook, it will notic us immediate through text in order to let you log in to check what’s that. In fact most people indeed do that even they are working or in class. Quantcast estimates Facebook has 135.1 million monthly unique U.S. visitors in October 2010. According to Social Media Today as of April 2010, it is estimated that 41.6% of the U.S. population has a Facebook account. We can not image exactly how many time people spent on facebook while working or studying. But there must be a huge number. What the developer think is how to enlarge the number of people keep using their website and make profits, maybe they never think about the unethical problem which they bring to us.

The second unethical issue that Facebook brings to us is private information copyright. As we all know facebook is a platform that people can share words, image, videos with friends. If you share a picture which includes not only you to people all you know in your facebook account. And without the other people’s permission whether this is an unethical activity. Maybe what the information you share in your facebook account will ruin other people’s rights and interests.   In addition, all your data is shared with applications that you install. Which means now you’re not only trusting Facebook, but the application developers, too, many of whom are too small to worry much about keeping your data secure. And some of whom might be even more ethically challenged than Facebook. In practice, what this means is that all your data, all of it, must be effectively considered public, unless you simply never use any Facebook applications at all.

The third unethical issue I want state is some kinds of materials in the Facebook that are not suitable for youth and children. In Facebook people can easily find some pornographic, violent, racist and drug-related materials that is not good for young generation. The developer stated some term related to this issue but didn’t do anything. And the youngsters had deficits in self-control. The claims from neuroscientist Susan Greenfield will make disturbing reading for the millions whose social lives depend on logging on to their favourite websites each day. They will strike a chord with parents and teachers who complain that many youngsters lack the ability to communicate or concentrate away from their screens.

Lady Greenfield told the Lords a teacher of 30 years had told her she had noticed a sharp decline in the ability of her pupils to understand others. ‘It is hard to see how living this way on a daily basis will not result in brains, or rather minds, different from those of previous generations,’ she said. She also pointed out that autistic people, who usually find it hard to communicate, were particularly comfortable using computers.

More than 150million use Facebook to keep in touch with friends, share photographs and videos and post regular updates of their movements and thoughts. Facebook proved again this week that they are either the most unethical or clueless internet company in the world. An amazing accomplishment since Facebook is also one of the most promising, and certainly fastest growing, internet companies of all time. Facebook has been met with controversies. It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including China, Vietnam, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Syria and Bangladesh on different bases.

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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Uncategorized