Is Social Media is a threat to privacy?

by ExpertBlogger 8. September 2018 14:51

Facebook is the largest social media website for bringing people on the same platform and help them share their lives with each other. Facebook is not just a platform but it has turned into a global phenomenon that has turned the world of networking by 360 degrees. The users of Facebook connect with each other socially, share their moments and events of life, their favorite things in life, their pictures etc. The users who subscribe for Facebook have been given privacy rights to secure their profiles and data from other users of Facebook not known to them and also if there is any information they want to share among the selected group of people and not with an entire list of friends. A user can safeguard his/her images to be downloaded or saved by others and also there is a block setting provided to each user in order to screen any other user that has been a trouble to an individual.

Despite all the privacy control that a user has been given by Facebook, the data that is stored at Facebook servers are the biggest threat to a user’s privacy. Facebook stores and harvest this data about people for various marketing searches. According to a legislation passed by US government on 23rd March 2018 all over the world the governments can use the “private online data” of the subscribers of Facebook for prosecution and investigation purposes, hence making data harvesting a legal act which can use by governments.

Using data from unconnected people and mapping the common factors from them for friend’s suggestion, a feature that has been added and it works based on the personal information that a user provides about himself through Facebook, makes the information provided by the user vulnerable for hackers. A person who has a Facebook account can be searched all over the applications like Google, Truecaller etc. Google search can be restricted now upon changing the privacy settings however the linkage of old data at Facebook servers still persists on Google. Facebook constantly asks you to provide your phone number for account retrieval process in case the user forgets his/her password. 

Then come the sales and marketing strategies that are now focused on those sets of people that have Facebook account and their activities through their online accounts may give myriads patterns of consumer behavioral statistics which are gathered from each user’s account without his/her information and used in market research by the businesses. Every click a user does is being captured by Facebook’s intuitive algorithms and are used by various organizations including the government agencies to keep a tap on everyone in the world who has the social network. The pictures, the statuses, and the various activities in the form of check-ins are prone to misuse by strangers and hackers. In the past before Facebook has given full access to the user to protect the account from everyone in the world the material posted by the users online was very much hackable and had led to crimes in the society. 

There are thousands of advertisements from all over the world that are posted on the Facebook and they keep flashing every now and then, if the user clicks on any one of the e-commerce websites and browse through few items listed there, however, don’t buy any, then those products would keep lingering onto your Facebook wall until you buy them. There is no transparency provided by Facebook to the use or misuse of an end user’s data. The ethical use of a person’s data is allowed but not selling of the information that he/she does not wants to share. A user’s personal data and the searches that are made by him/her are sold to various parties for growing their businesses and also to flourish Facebook’s business of creating virtual social networks and making the public believe that in the era of world wide web anything that is not online is something which not technologically savvy. So, people, in order to gain social acceptance in the society and to fall prey to this game of virtual networks, to create online accounts and then get addicted to the ways of it and gradually becoming the reason of the huge empire formed on the use of online data. 

Media & News , Open your eyes

by ExpertBlogger 15. February 2017 10:30

We live everyday life with our friends and family and we are pretty busy in what we are doing day today life, we always have priorities for work, family, kids and our hobbies but in between these we are also prompt about the everyday news around us, that could be our local news which tells you what is happening in your town or national news about politicizes, spots and other things. Back in days people were have to relays on newspapers to get these news delivered to their house but now a days new papers in kind of disappeared, I hardly remember last time I have had read the new paper now a days every this is on new channel, we are totally depend of news channel for our day today news that are not limited to your local city of state but national and international news.

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Now is the big dilemma in everybody’s mind in there are quite a few different kind of news channels and when one news has been broadcasted via one new channel and other news from other news channel what is the credibly for their information, what the truth and what is made up there is always a speculation that these kind of things are  happening around us, if you look at any film or tv series there is a censor board and it decide that what is good or bad or at least rate them depending on the content of the film that which age group is allowed to watch. In terms of new channels there is not such cerserhip of anybody who is looking on them. 

This is for sure that each and every news channel is here for making money and straightforward logic is how to you make more money? and only answer is to get as many as people to watch your news channel and what you need to do is show any sensational news were people are interested. Now the normal news which people want to know are not sensational then they have make those news sensational in order to get many people to come to their news channel to watch those.

In all the nobody bothers about the authencity of news there are broadcasting , nobody bother about the consequence to anybody’s life or effect on society , if you are looking at the political news the it has been clearly noticed that each and every news channel as political connection and they show the news which are biased to the particular political party and their views, they will always tried to sabatise the image of another party in order to get popularity of particular political party and these political parties has tones of money to get hold of popular news channel and convey their message in way they want to convey. In my view if any news channel showcase any unbiased news then it will be not popular because they will not have any sensational content and eventually it will sunset of that channel.

If you look around this is going in round robin fashion, powerful political parties has more money has more new channel in their hand and they use this media and news to get more popularity and make more money to again pump into news in media and this is never ending.

Is there any time when we will have somebody who can look at all these new channels and give them strict restrictive guideline line to follow their noble profession of journalism , till that thing happened you keep your eye and ear open and think before you believe on any news you read or see or hear.

Future of Virtual Reality in Entertainment, Media & Sports

by iBlogger 1. May 2016 11:57

It won’t be surprise if one social networking website pumps $2B in virtual reality company acquisition, this is a giant leap in provisioning the augmented reality which could be extended in our daily lives through those headsets and not just restricting it to the gaming consoles. This step by Mr.Zuckerberg is not because he thinks that virtual reality has a future, but he believes that virtual reality is the future of the entertainment industry. Adding more and more dimensions to the visuals gives an all new high to the users. Big players of the industry are already trying to make VR a household name, one of them is Google which is making Google cardboard sets which is as less as $30 to buy and is bought by millions who still can’t afford the high end headsets.

A decade back 3D movies were a rarity but today every sci-fi movie has a 3D version, in fact 4D, 6D, smell, air etc. they just want to tickle each sense of the audience and make them the part of the fiction through virtual reality. Virtual Reality has a presence everywhere be it in movies and media, sports or music. Last year US Open Golf tournament was streamed live in 3D experience, this year the Sundance Film Festival will showcase 3 full length feature films in VR including the 30 stories. So, VR is not confined to gaming only it is as much as part of the social networking too, which again depends upon the content of VR. Oculus, Sony, HTC, Google are the bigshots that are driving this entire VR experience market and they will soon come up with breakthrough technologies which can be played through the cellphones too, Samsung Gear has anticipated the VR in its phones already. The results are amazing and the upcoming features of VR in all segments of entertainment are very promising too.

Virtual reality will change the face of the visualization, imagine talking to somebody in 3D experience and you can actually see the person walking, talking and coming to you and sitting in your living room. Right now VR is restricted to the gamers primarily, there are experiments done in many other fields as well but the whole lot is underway still. The compelling reason for this is the equipment and the graphical welly on the PCs globally to run the virtual reality. Many Companies has a broader vision for VR and his acquisition of Oculus will surely shake the world with the boons of VR. He not only sees a possibility of sharing adventurous videos with friends and family on Facebook but also to make a virtual classroom for study and giving a feeling of sitting with students across the world in that classroom.

The virtual class concept will take a quantum leap from here. Total 360-degree and 3D visualization with binaural sound that reacts to the head movements, gesture-based controllers that would react to thumbs-up and also run by trigger of a finger that makes the viewer be hundred percent in it. NextVR, 8i are such companies that specializes in VR experiences are heading aggressively to collaborate with other giants to live broadcast some of the greatest sports events and tying up with major sports channels to make VR a name in all households and not just among the tech savvy people. As of now the response is enormous and the audience have made it a success.

The entertainment and media industry is beaming with this new concept of VR and immersed themselves into it. With this success ratio now there are advent of content producers to offer such content to the viewers. GoPro and Google camera rig devices will enable smaller publishers and agencies etc. to get into the action too, without taking into account the user-tailored content, something that is bound to grab people’s imaginations. Live streaming has become increasingly accessible and it’s growing in popularity because of the apps like Periscope, users’ demand for virtual reality content, for both ingesting and creating, should help boost the concept of VR forward. VR is not a techie thing anymore as its graduating to a point where the content producers are making the virtual reality stuff available to less technologically savoy masses, the future of entertainment is just right here.

So are you virtual yet?