Topic 4: A Reflection On Social Media Ethics(#MANG2049)

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It has never occur to me that excessive freedom of expression online, especially if left unchecked, would become the root cause of unethical behaviour on social media

I have always perceived the internet to be a place for freedom of expression. Echoing what JiaJun said, it is also the fastest and most convenient channel to obtain information, making learning very cohesive


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Upon reflection, it now hit me hard that one of the downside of internet is lack of governance, and poor policing, thus leading to abuse.

Media Reference: A Powtoon I did that talks about how people abused the freedom given to them.

Statistically, unethical cyber behaviour has “affected 3.8 million globally , attacks range from infections to scams. Computer viruses were found to be more common. 50% involved hacking accounts which results in monetary theft.”(Ainscow, 2016)This is the dire consequence when freedom is left unchecked

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The cyber crime rates are so shocking that companies are now trying to solve this problem, hence providing a differential advantage to minimise cyber crime. One example is EveryKey, a computer programme which self generates the most difficult passwords, where the user need not be involved in the process. This would prevent one’s account from being hacked

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Photo Reference: A snippet from my notebook that shows the link between freedom and unethical behaviour

In conclusion, the internet can continue to be a platform for free speech and expression, but only if there are clear boundaries to define what is acceptable conduct as a guide to all users 

Please click here to see a prezi I did, that shows what is appropriate online behaviour

Unfortunately, due to poor governance of most social media sites, users believe that they are entitled to be who they wish to be online without any consideration. Some even adopted an anonymous identity. Even with Every Key, there is still a possibility that scammers would break this encryption key sooner or later.


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The authorities need to take a strong stand and set boundaries to what constitutes acceptable behaviour online, like how John Nimo and Isabelle Sorley  (The Guardian, 2014) were taken to task for misbehaving on Twitter. Only when penalties start to kick in, users will know the authorities are no longer paper tigers. And the online environment will hopefully change for the better.

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Maureen’s blog

Jia Jun’s Blog


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Greenwald, G. (2014) Why privacy matters. Available at: (Accessed: 11 November 2016).

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Kleinman, Z. (2015) Who’s that girl? The curious case of Leah Palmer. Available at: (Accessed: 11 November 2016).

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Ronson, J. (2015) How One stupid Tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life. Available at : this address (Accessed: 11 November 2016).

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Media References:

  1. Cover Photo
  2. “Danger Warning… Unsupervised Police”
  3. “Good, Between, Bad”
  4. “Cyber-Crime-Terrorism”
  5. “Freedom of Speech is not freedom of abuse.” (In Prezi)
  6. .”Everykey” Video



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