Oh, the irony!
That was the first thing I thought when I read that Randi Zuckerberg was angry because a family photo she posted to her “friends only” Facebook page was reposted on Twitter.
Of course, Randi, like the rest of us, understands that what she shares online is no longer private information. Her argument was that sharing the photo without her permission was rude. After the photo was posted, she tweeted:
“Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency.”
Her little etiquette lesson caused quite a backlash from Facebook users who painted themselves as victims of the site and from those who perhaps actually are.
The issue is the basis for this week’s ethics discussion in my media law and ethics class. I asked students to take a stance on the question:
“Should social media users be required to seek permission before sharing other people’s photos?”
In retrospect, I’m not sure “required” was the right phrasing for the question. Yes, even professors make mistakes. The spirit of the question was more one of whether people should ask permission.
The students were use to their knowledge of ethics to support their “yes” or “no” answer.
I’d love for you to weigh in on the issue.
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Should social media users seek permission before sharing other people’s photos? What is the expectation for this practice?