Teen users of Instagram are increasingly switching to
business accounts to get better metrics about their posts. These accounts show
how many times posts have been viewed, at what times their posts are being
viewed, who likes their posts and how many likes and views they’re
getting. Sounds great, but according to
Facebook, which owns Instaram, business account holders are required to make
their email and phone number available to the public. When a teen is involved that’s a problem.
Alex Meron-McCann from the cyber security firm McAfee, warns
of serious consequences for teens who share personal information by using
business account. Alex is especially
concerned about sexual predators contacting kids through these accounts.
Data Scientist David Stier tells us that millions of teenagers have switched to business accounts; he also emphasized that if a 13-year-old develops a business account their contact information is available to over a billion people. A Facebook spokesperson explains that their set up process warns users that their contact information will be available to the public if they switch to a business account. Is this feature enough to keep a generation of young people safe? Given fair warning, is Facebook responsible if someone blows through warning and misuses their platform?
It wasn’t Cribs on MTV, but Justin Bieber aka Biebz gave his
100+ million followers on Instagram a look into his Beverly Hills home in his
IG story. The home is valued at over $8 million dollars with five bedrooms,
seven bathrooms, a wine cellar, a home theater, swimming pool, cabana, and a
dog named Oscar.
Ok, Oscar wasn’t involved in the valuation of the home, but
he’s in there. You can see him running
around through Bieber’s story, pouncing on the bed in the massive master
bedroom that Bieber shares with his wife Hailey Baldwin. She also makes the story too, but didn’t seem
thrilled to be on camera in her PJ’s.
While his bedroom was messy, the house looks to be equipped
with all the trimmings. Expect there to be some pretty rad celeb parties at the
estate in the not so distant future.
Check out Bieber’s insta story for a full tour.
One of the biggest problems with social media is users posting unrealistic descriptions of their lives. People tend to post representations of the positive side of their lives rather than showing the negatives. This problem often leads to socially toxic interactions; it also has very negative psychological effects. When we get an unrealistically positive view of the lives of other people, it can be hard to feel good about ourselves and the lives we have. TikTok has provided ways to combat this problem, helping them to compete with the Facebook owned service Instagram.
TikTok, a video app launched in 2017, has certain
features to counter this problem. Certain Instagram users called
“influencers” heavily edit the photos they post in order to create unrealistically
positive descriptions of their lives. Many social media users are getting sick
of this tendency. In contrast, TikTok, a Chinese owned social media service,
has a page that a user can follow that filters out unrealistic images and shows
posts that reflect ordinary lives as they actually are. TikTok has a page
called the “For You Page” which shows images of un-glorified middle-class
One TikTok user, who is often referred to as
“the Queen of TikTok” in comments, has a very popular profile where
she shares posts about her ordinary life which often show up on the “For
You Page.” In her posts she often shows herself in her MacDonald’s
employee uniform while on break. Her profile is known for being authentic and
funny. Despite the alternatives to the status quo, TikTok still has
“influencer” profiles which show dishonest life descriptions.
TikTok is big competition to Facebook. TikTok is multilingual and has a huge user base in India. It remains to be seen how far TikTok can take its challenge against Facebook’s dominance in the social media industry.