What are the Pros and Cons of Having Someone Monitor Posts on Social Media?


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Taking into account all factors of why monitoring all social media platforms is crucial.

  A study conducted by patch.com states online predators were at their peak in 2020, with mainly 12-15-year-olds using social media everyday. Research by broadbrandsearch.net shows about 36.5% of people being cyberbullied on the internet. Bananaip.com tells sources that a total of 3,903 applications for copyright registrations were filed during January and February 2020. With these studies and statistics, it is evident that social media platforms should establish a system of monitoring every user to prevent harmful words, actions, and copyright issues. 

  As crazy as it sounds, young teens are at the forefront of being exposed to online predators. Since many of social media users are between the ages of 12 and 15, their initial reactions can differ from older adults, making situations on social media platforms worse. The physical and mental effects the exposures can cause include depression and anxiety. 

  Many apps, such as Snapchat, allow anyone to use the app to add anyone and “snap” anyone. This app does not have any form of monitors, and the age to use the app is 13 or older. With this information, anyone who has access to social media from not only the United States but around the world can cause damage to an unmatured mind. 

  There are arguments to question the responsibilities of platform creators. Why should the creators have to monitor their content? Are they the “big brother” in a situation regarding the First Amendment of the United States Constitution? 

  Freedom of speech and press is granted to any citizen of America. Citizens can share and not censor themselves according to how they view ideas on the internet. Along with censoring a population from the main sources of communication across the country, it becomes an adage to the improvement of technology by gathering new robots and computer technology for websites. Also, with a growing number of generations to come, this monitoring process slows down the progress and advancements of the people. These ideas tie into cyberbullying, copyright infringements, and online predators. 

  On the other side, censoring Americans from threats and false information internationally can help slow down false advertisements. During recent protests and harmful events in Russia, spies from the Russian government seek to overthrow the American government in untrustworthy ways to get key information of revolts. These monitoring robots can help to destroy not only depression-causing factors like bullying and underage sexual acts but can put an end to bringing down innocent American citizens. 

  Of course, opposers to the censorship idea with international affairs are upset. Imagine using daily information without the help of Chinese-built systems to power electronics such as Apple and Android products. Picture a world without the help of other countries’ visas and knowledge. Taking away these rights of the first amendment is similar to life back in the 1950s.

Catching millions of people by a simple device used to prevent copyright infringements is critical to the pro side of monitorization. In 2015, music artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hit the spectrum for the imitation of the song “Got to Give it Up” by Marvin Gaye. Without the help of these complex yet simple devices, the most top-tier performers of the 21st century would be freely copying music. 

  Many have problems with copyright infringement laws. Arguments against the laws have the main objective of not purposeful for catching more serious problems than a simple trademark. These high-detective devices could catch other, more important suspect things such as child abductions or worse situations. Also, since the laws are extremely strict, it stifles one’s use of creativity. 

  Taking into account all factors of why monitoring all social media platforms is crucial, as well as considering every pro and con to another eye looking over everything posted online.