Blog: Multimedia event explores Facebook rules
Students and community members gathered at Belmont University in Nashville on
March 2 for a panel discussion about user rights on social-networking Web sites.
The discussion featured blogger Morgan Levy, Belmont student Abby Selden,
attorney Douglas L. Pierce, and Jason Meriwether, assistant dean of student
affairs from Fisk University, and me.
Lance Conzett, a senior majoring in journalism at Belmont University and an
intern at the First Amendment Center, reported:
Facebook to Twitter: Rules, Rights and Realities of Social Networks” was
to light concerns about ownership and privacy on the social-networking
The Web site claims more than 175 million active users, who upload more than
850 million photos and 28 million other pieces of content per month according to
Facebook’s press statistics. Although the Web site has since rescinded its
changed terms, other Web sites like MySpace, Twitter and YouTube are now under
scrutiny by their users.
Web sites such as Facebook to appropriate its users' content for commercial use,
discussion quickly turned to the privacy of young people online and how social
networks have made it easier to find personal information.
The panel agreed that potentially embarrassing or damaging personal
information has never been easier to find and that, often, young people are
sacrificing their privacy rights by putting potentially unflattering information
and pictures online.
Levy, however, offered one dissenting opinion, saying that there is a place
for personality online and that some employers are not as opposed to online
profiles as one might think.
Several Belmont journalism students were tasked with covering the forum using
a variety of multimedia tools. The journalists, all students in a class
dedicated to understanding news in online media, broadcast live video, conducted
live blogging, hosted radio shows with their cell phones, recorded reactions on
video and shared photographs during and after the hourlong event.
The class’s blog collected all of the coverage from the night's event at http://practicumpioneers.wordpress.com.