In the past two years we’ve seen criminal charges laid against a real estate agent for a racist post, a businessman locked up abroad over a video of the Guptas and a holidaymaker shunned by his family and colleagues after posting an offensive video on Facebook. Incidents like these highlight the fact that posting on social media is never really private and can have serious long-term repercussions if picked up by the general public.
'Social networks market themselves as a space where you can share intimate and personal experiences with friends and family. Because you need to create an account and log in with a password, there’s this seeming appearance of a veil of privacy around your social media activity,' says social media specialist Megan Singh.
But, she explains, your privacy depends on the security settings on your account. She adds: 'If you haven’t taken the time to look into those settings, the content you share on your social accounts is pretty much available to everyone on that particular social network, even though you have to log in to access it. Taking the time to update your privacy settings is really important. It could not only save you from potentially embarrassing situations, but financially risky and life-threatening ones too.'
It’s a crime
According to Megan, there’s no specific law in South Africa governing the use of social media, but our constitutional rig...
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