What happens to our personal data when social platforms collapses? What happens to our personal data when social platforms collapses?

What happens to our personal data when social platforms collapses?

On 13 October, snapchat was out of service for some hours. The week before, the same happened with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
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Every time this happens, people are quick to contact customer service. Because of that, the news are out via different medias. If a customer notice that Instagram isn’t working, they often check if the newspapers has written anything about it. And if they have, people want to know what causes the problem. If the newspaper is holding back information, people get suspicious. What does this mean for our personal data?

Is it still safe to share personal data?

People are addicted to platforms and social media. Not only as a way to spend their spare time, but a way to keep in touch with people you care about. So, when bugs like this happens, it won’t go unnoticeable. It’s not unusual that people question if something criminal, like a cyber attack or leak of personal information has happened. People get scared of their own information online, and if bigger cyber-attacks can take place.

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Several social media platforms has had problems recently and collapsed. Is our personal data still safe?

When snapchat wasn’t working, “snapchat down” was trending on Google trends. In fact, it had 20k+ search and was on the explore pace. In the same link, you would find direct link to plenty of articles about the issue. This is a great moment for Wikileaks to spread information, true or false. If Wikileaks would share information about a possible cyber attack, this could affect a lot of people. Media would quickly have to choose if they were going to take that to consideration or not.

In the documentary “Page one: inside the New York times”, the workers at New York Times took the decision to accept Wikileaks as a source. Just for information, not as journalism. This means that Wikileaks has a lot of power when it comes to what kind of information the media get out to the people. But then again, media also has a lot of responsibility not to spread false information. They probably reach out to more people than Wikileaks and must deal with the consequences of misinformation.

The real question is, can media use Wikileaks as a trustworthy source? And are they willing to take the consequences of possible misinformation?

– Elise Andrea Einem

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