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Social networks like Facebook, Twitter and virtual sites are becoming increasingly popular among members of all ages in the community. Considerable investments in both time and money are incurred daily by the users of these accounts—thousands of people login to the internet to communicate with friends and perform various social activities and gaming.

Despite the numerous interactions resulting from these sites, there are quite several complications regarding the use of virtual places as well as social networks. Legal issues, interaction complications, ownership of the virtual network, privacy, and the company rites over individual accounts remain contentious among these networks’ users.

Privacy Issues on Social Media Networks

Facebook saga is the first essay “is facebook growing up to fast.” Despite the firm’s immense success, Customers are complaining about the new terms and services stipulated by the firm. The main contentious issues are about the ownership of site and privacy. Face book believes they have the right to control and manipulate the customer’s web content while the customer feels they have a right over these sites. The Older generation is uncomfortable with much activity on their websites, while a cross-section of the customers is uncomfortable with new terms and services as well as the advertisements.

The second essay discusses issues surrounding a virtual platform. The main problem develops after one of the users (Leto) dies, and the virtual home is erased by the company providing these services. Again the main contentious issues are site ownership and privacy. Two other case studies are evaluated to emphasize the sensitivity of property and privacy. These are the issue of yahoo erasing account of dead people and the effect of privacy, as highlighted in the Snowy death case study.

Thesis Statement

Users of social media are allowed to devote the web material that they use. The privacy should be enhanced and guaranteed. The users should also be given ownership rights.

In the Facebook essay, the primary purpose of the article is to evaluate the company’s rapid development critically. The analysis presented in the essay shows that even though the company has rapidly developed, the customers are unsatisfied with security and privacy issues, as well as the much activity occurring on their sites. The paper draws the attention of the general public concerning the contentious issues surrounding Facebook Company. To show the contradiction in views, the author uses the opinions of the web users as well as those of the company management. The company insists on depriving customers of privacy to promote more interaction, while old users feel they can cope with the younger generation’s socialism. Practical examples are used to describe incidences where the customer feels neglected, yet they contributed to the company’s development. The author consistently shows that even though Facebook has made milestone advancements, there is no mood for celebration. The company owners insist on legal issues, limited privacy, and promoting advertisements while the customers feel something has gone wrong (Brad, 2009).

The second essay, virtual estates lead to real-world headaches,” deals with issues regarding the virtual reality sites. The author uses three case studies to show how essential privacy, website ownership rites, and legal matters are to the clients using the virtual website. Through these case studies, the author convinces the public of the importance of privacy and site ownership. Again, the author shows that the company erases the sites due to legal implications. However, the author manages to convince the audience that the spouse of the web account owner may have vested interest. To further assure the public, he quotes professors as having said that such sites should persevere at the owner’s request. He adds that it is a method of preserving culture (Nicholson, 2009).

In my view, I tend to concur with the author about both the privacy issue and web page content on Facebook. I believe it possible to develop a site that anyone can choose what he likes and dislikes. Imitating the real-world problems, that is, people select what they want and the best way to resolve this issue. The company should distance itself from legal cases by alerting members that they aren’t liable for fraud or mischief. Also, teaching a new social culture onto somebody should be a gradual process. The customer’s voice must be heard if Facebook will succeed in their plan. The company development strategy should be towards offering more fulfilling services rather than striving to manipulate web users.

 In the second essay, “virtual estates lead to real-world headaches,” again, privacy issues should be significantly enhanced to prevent data losses and leakages. The spouses should be able to access data, and email accounts should not be deleted on events of the owner’s death. These emails can serve as a source for forensic evidence. Also, the user should be granted control over the site, and such an account should not be deleted unless the client wants to.

References
  • Brad Stone. Is Facebook growing up too fast? New York: New York Times.2009 (March 29).12 November 2009 < http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/internet/29face.html? >
  • Nicholson Chris. Virtual Estates Lead To Real-World Headaches. New York: New York Times.2009. November 12, 2009 < http://www.nytimes.com/…y/internet/02assets.html? >
  • Burton, G. Basic Questions for Rhetorical Analysis. Brigham Young University. 2009. November 12, 2009. < http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Pedagogy/Rhetorical%20Analysis%20heuristic.htm >

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