Why Social Media Will Never Offer True User Privacy

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Why Social Media Will Never Offer True User Privacy

Even with the release of more consumer-focused privacy features, experts say privacy always will be an issue on social media because there are too many variables involved with keeping your information and content from being shared.

Privacy continues to be a driving force in the tech industry. While big tech companies like Apple and Google continue to offer new features, social media sites like Twitter are taking a turn, too. The latter is working on more privacy-focused features and options for users, though experts say you never should post anything on social media that you aren’t comfortable with being shared. Even with privacy features, almost anything you post can be shared in some way, making it available to anyone online.

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“There is no such thing as social media privacy, no matter what privacy settings are available, even if the social media company is trustworthy,” Greg Scott, a cybersecurity expert who has authored multiple books around the subject, told Lifewire in an email. “Consider old-fashioned answering machines and voicemail. How many times have we seen leaked embarrassing voicemails in the news? We accept even more risk with social media posts.”

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