The personal use of social media has been a voluntary release of privacy since the get-go.
It doesn’t matter whether it is Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and now Tik Tok, we are putting ourselves out there for all the world to see. Along with that is a lot of our personal information, which users typically have no problem sharing. And the ads we see on our own feeds are based on the websites we visit or the posts we make are proof.
There’s a new political rub to this. Tik Tok is owned by a Chinese company. There are concerns in Washington, D.C., that the company is “stealing Americans’ private information.” Mind you – we put our information out there voluntarily.
Microsoft, which regularly reports on how we use our computer, is now in negotiations to buy the American component of Tik Tok. According to reports, if a deal isn’t done by mid-September, the president says he will ban Tik Tok in the United States.
Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but social media is rift with unregulated problems.
Our Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) partner in Singapore, Boh Tiong Yap of Mileage Communications also recently wrote about this, with a little different angle.
Our desire to stay in touch with people across the world will continue, even through the social media jungle.