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Instagram’s “digital kidnappers” are stealing children’s photos and making up new lives

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  • We just need to accept that the social media companies cannot control who posts on their sites and what they post. They cannot safeguard your data and pictures. They just do not have that capability yet, so beware all who post on them. Your data is wide open for abuse. I feel these companies are responsible

    We just need to accept that the social media companies cannot control who posts on their sites and what they post. They cannot safeguard your data and pictures. They just do not have that capability yet, so beware all who post on them. Your data is wide open for abuse. I feel these companies are responsible for the breaches. They should have been able to predict this was going to happen. Anyone developing a product has to think about the many ways that product can be misused. I’m sure all the big intellects among social media developers had to know the dangers posed and they decided to go ahead and launch their products before they could police them. They chose for years to ignore warnings that their sites were being used and abused by bad actors but chose to ignore them because controlling them is an expensive proposition. They did not want to spend the money plain and simple. They felt people were smart enough to police their sites themselves. How wrong they were. As a result, Democracy may be experiencing its death throes. Hate is being spread far and wide. Conspiracy theories are being retweeted and reposted thousands of times. Now fringe beliefs and lunacies are being force fed to us on a minute by minute basis and we keep hearing social media is working on the problem. Data piracy continues and people are being exposed to hate on an ever increasing basis. If what we have now is them working on the problem, I really would hate to see what would result if they continued to fully ignore it. You would think people would quit using them but these sites take advantage of the human innate desire to communicate, reach out to others, and the desire to be liked as well as the desire to be part of something. People not using the sites is simply not going to happen. What can be done? I do not know but someone should sure as Hell have figured it out before Democracies began to fail due to subversive messages being shared by the millions.

  • This will make you think twice before posting that adorable photo...