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Social media spying is turning us into a stalking society | Keza MacDonald

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The gap between harmless social media following and criminal behaviour isn’t as large as we like to believe: Facebook, Twitter and others must act on misuse and abuseHave you ever brought up an ex’s Instagram profile in a moment of weakness, and pawed sadly though photos of them looking happy with someone else? How about meeting someone promising and then browsing their recent Facebook postings to get to know them better? Or, in the first weeks of a new relationship, have you found yourself scouring publicly posted words and photos for hidden meaning when they haven’t texted back? I’ll admit it: I have, in my early 20s, after three pints. I think anyone who has ever been caught in the web of social media would be lying if they said they had never indulged in a bit of harmless “research”. Is Twitter responsible for the use of its platform to harass? Is Instagram when someone uses it to stalk an ex?
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