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Daniel Trottier

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 25: Privacy and Surveillance

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Privacy and Surveillance
Privacy and surveillance
Daniel Trottier

We like to think that we have control over our social media presence. Yet the fact that users are typically always connected to these profiles means that a single oversight can lead to drastic consequences. A college student I interviewed on this topic was shocked to discover that her mother was, as it turned out, her Facebook friend. While acknowledging that she must have consciously ‘friended’ her at some point in time, coming to terms with this connection was a lesson in social media visibility:

I had no idea she had Facebook first of all … And I was like, ‘That is so creepy!’ Like, I had no idea I had my mom as a friend and I have ...

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