What is the biggest lie you had ever told? As for me, the answer is “I have read Data Policy, including cookie use, and agree to all terms”. I click many times to sign up an account or to update my IOS system but never read it.Same as what Christian Fuchs said in his article that “capitalist prosumption is an extreme form of exploitation, in which the prosumers work completely for free” (Fuchs, 2012, p.145). Instagram also informs its users that they will share certain information such as cookie data with third-party advertising partners. Of course this policy is an opt-out policy, I have to accept it to use it. Therefore every time when I use Instagram, I have to bear some accounts that I don’t follow introducing their goods on my timeline. Unfortunately, maybe it is because I don’t use Instagram frequently, these advertisements never interest me at all.
Every one is a social animal, at least to a certain extent. While when we access to different websites, we always have different behaviors. According to my own experience, I agree with that “social web users tend to self-disclose more sensitive information when their friends and acquaintances also use it, but only within this group” (Taddicken, 2014, p.263). Taking my experience of using Instagram as an example, the reason I signed up an account at first was just to follow some celebrities, especially NBA players. What’s more, people in China had to use VPN to access Instagram, therefore not many my friends in my real life have an Instagram account. While as for WeChat, lots of my friends use WeChat and in the meanwhile I know all my WeChat friends in reality. Therefore I post much more my daily life on WeChat than what I do on Instagram.
Even if sometimes I post the same photo on these two app, I will use different descriptions. For example, I posted photo as above to both to WeChat and Instagram. On Instagram, I described this photo as “a stroll through the woods” while describing with more self-information, like where am I and who I going with, on WeChat because I know all WeChat friends are my acquaintances.
To be honest, even if I read these two articles and watched the video this week, and I know websites may “steal” my information(although they have informed me that they will), maybe I won’t read these policies because they are so long. What’s more, in my own perspective, if there should only one role protect our information, it should be websites rather than ourselves.
Just as what Gary Kovacs said, privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the Internet.