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Social media toxicity
Born in the age where social media has become so tangled in our lives, it’s hard to ignore the complications that have arisen with this great invention. The main impact of social media toxicity has been felt by the vulnerable population of children and minority groups. Having an audience of over 3.8 billion its safe to say social media holds a significant amount of influence, a wide user base, and the ability to shape opinions to an extent. Pre-existing issues such as child kidnapping, blackmail using sensitive information and harassment have taken an upward trend with the introduction of social media platforms. It gives people the ability to make discreet identities on the internet with which they may feel no consequence empowering criminals to use social media as a platform to sell drugs and narcotics, stealing personal and bank information and the list is endless. Looking at the case of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar regarded as one of the most suppressed marginal groups according to the united nations. Thousands were lynched and massacred by the police and mobs due to an outbreak of a social media post, a simple manipulation that caused lakhs of people to migrate to Bangladesh look for a safer home.
It's unfair to say that these platforms aren’t being put to good use and create awareness among the masses for relevant topics. However, the issue of lack of privacy, hacked accounts, and addiction to phones has become a matter of concern. Have we ever thought as to why Facebook, twitter, google are all free to access? Social media companies generate income through advertisements. The digital footprints left by us are recorded in artificially made algorithms that recommend advertisements to us. In other words, everything you do online will be accounted for be it photographs, texts, searches, and even the Time spent on each post on Facebook to identify what kind of person a user is and then recommend advertisements accordingly. Our lives are constantly being tracked without us even knowing it. The strangest part is nothing about all this ethical but neither is it illegal. These issues of privacy, fake identities and recording data are all known to company officials and yet nothing has been rectified. The line of distinction between virtual and existing reality is going through an overlap that has caused a generational problem, social media addiction.