Artificial and Unreal: The Ethics of Beautification Technology for Images and Social Media

In today’s digital age, social media plays a major role in the development of adolescent minds. Young people begin posting content in their early years and are exposed to a feed of others’ pictures and videos. However, while this system may ostensibly help people stay in contact with those they do not see in person, it also creates an environment of comparison that can lead to self-esteem and body image issues. Beautification technology like augmented reality filters and photoshop have only exacerbated the issue, making it so that young people are not only comparing themselves to a curated version of others, but an entirely manufactured one. Engineers have a responsibility to examine the possible negative effects of the products they create, and beautification technology leads to far more harm than good.

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Elon Musk’s New Stake in Twitter and the Unchecked Power of Tech Giants

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the richest man in the world, recently purchased enough shares of Twitter to have a 9.2 percent stake, making him the largest shareholder of the social media company. Musk’s appointment to the board of Twitter has brought about questions of free speech, social media deregulation, and the ability of the extremely wealthy to influence the way that our world communicates.

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Protecting the Mental Health of Instagram Users

A Facebook whistleblower has come forward alleging that the parent company of Instagram knew that the social media app causes major harm to the mental health of its users but has refused to act on this research and instead continues to insist that these effects are minimal or non-existent.

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Limits to Social Media Engagement: An Ethical Approach

User engagement levels of social media platforms have seen a steady increase over the past decade. Software engineering practices are responsible for drawing users in and retaining their attention for extended periods of time through the use of extensive user profiling algorithms. These practices have created detrimental consequences for consumers. This article explores the ethicality behind such practices by analyzing software engineering applications.

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Should You Boycott Facebook?

12/3/2018 Profiled article S. Vaidhyanathan, “Opinion | Don’t Delete Facebook. Do Something About It.”, Nytimes.com, [online] 2018. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/24/opinion/sunday/delete-facebook-does-not-fix-problem.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion-technology&action=click&contentCollection=technology®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=76&pgtype=sectionfront. About the article author Siva Vaidhyanathan is a…

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