n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Ethical dimension of social media in the information society : editorial




Social media is influencing the information landscape significantly with people of all persuasions irrespective of education, social status, age, profession, sex, religion, political orientation adopting and using it in both developed and developing countries. The major sectors of society including government, business, civil society and the general public are increasingly adopting social media in their operational milieu. With the proliferation and use of social media gaining momentum concerns are being raised about violations of online users' legitimate rights such as privacy, confidentiality, trust, security, safety, intellectual ownership, access and accessibility. Legitimate rights refer to legal and moral rights - valid claims by individuals on society to protect them from being denied the fundamentals of human well-being on grounds of their utility through the force of law, or by education (Mill 1969).


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