7 people monitoring your social media
7 People Monitoring Your Social Media Activities (Part Two)

7 People Monitoring Your Social Media Activities

The social media has gained grounds in modern times with its ability to shape perceptions, worldview and initiate social change.

Apart from being an interactive communication platform, it also facilitates the creation of ideas and the sharing of information.

It however, has its own downsides with many abusing it for their own peculiar reasons.

One of the features that makes social media attractive is its accessibility, usually anonymously to a large extent.

This ultimately makes it easy to monitor the activities of persons.

Nowadays, people tend to monitor social media activities via comments, user engagements, online chats, threads, ‘likes’ and ‘shares’.

Social media monitoring is a process of using social media channels to track, gather and mine the information and data of certain individuals or groups.

It is also aimed at assessing their reputation and discerning how these are perceived online.

Who Is Likely Monitoring You?

1. Parents

Parents are very much concerned about the usage of social media by their wards. According to a study in 2016 by Pew Research Center survey, parents take a wide range of actions to monitor their teens’ online lives and to encourage their children to use technology in appropriate and responsible manners.

Other findings revealed by Pew included:

1- 61 per cent (of parents) have checked to see which websites their teens have visited.

2- 48 per cent have examined call records or text messages on their teens’ mobile phones.

3- 48 per cent know their teens’ email passwords, while 43 per cent know the passwords to their cellphones.

4- 39 per cent use parental controls to block, filter or monitor their teens’ online activities.

5- 16 per cent use parental controls to restrict their teens’ cell phone use.

6- 65 per cent have “digitally grounded” their teens by taking away their cellphones or Internet access.

7- 55 per cent say they limit the amount of time their teens can spend online each day.

8- 95 per cent have spoken with their teens about appropriate media for them, such as television, music, books and magazines, with 36 per cent doing so frequently.

9- 95 per cent have discussed appropriate content to be viewed online, with 39 per cent doing so frequently.

10- 92 per cent have discussed online behaviour toward others, with 36 per cent doing so frequently.

2. Security Agencies

One area that has implication for the national security of a country is its citizen’s engagement on the use of social media.

Some countries have ordered its security agencies on massive surveillance on its citizens’ social media accounts, which have caused serious concerns about free speech, racial and religious profiling, and privacy.

In August 2017, The federal government ordered the military to start monitoring Nigerians on the social media to check hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information.

The director of Defence Information, John Enenche, told Channels Television that the move became necessary in the light of troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity of the country.

Mr Enenche, a major general, put Nigerians on notice about the tracking programme after Mr Buhari himself expressed concerns about emerging tone on social media.

“I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation,” the president in a nationwide address August 21.

In the United State of America, security agencies like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are collecting and analyzing content from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites of all immigrants in the country—even green card holders and naturalized U.S. citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) use social media surveillance for “situational awareness, intelligence, and other operations.

The Secretary to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), John Kelly, On February 7, in a statement issued at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, said that DHS could require non-citizens to provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a condition of entering the country.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (together, the “ACLU”) on May 2018, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request to find out how agencies like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are collecting and analyzing content from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

3. Spouses

Most couples surf through their partners’ social media messages. A 2012 study by Derby, Knox and Easterling found that about two-thirds of participants admitted to surreptitiously looking through a partner’s private messages, including social networking sites and texts on their phones.

In other words, these people had checked a partner’s phones or social networking sites without that person’s consent.

However, the risk that comes with checking your partner’s private correspondence is that you may find material that causes you to feel jealous.

4. Exes

This is a former sexual or romantic partner, or a former spouse. Some go the extra length of monitoring their previous partners.

Breakups are supposed to be the end of a relationship. Whether the end came via a fight or a mutual agreement between both partners, some exes take to social networking sites to keep ‘digitally connected’ to their former partner.

Before the advent of social media sites, people relied on updates from friends if they wanted information about an ex without directly contacting them.

According to a report on DailyExpress in a study conducted by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, it revealed that the average Briton for instance looks at an ex-partner’s social media profile three times per week, despite being in a new relationship with someone else.