Chapter 4

Privacy controls


Privacy controls allow users the power to limit who can see their posts on social media. Depending on the site, the controls vary greatly. Throughout this book, Social Media Investigation, chapters about specific social media sites detail their privacy settings. In this chapter, we overview the major categories of privacy control options.



Social media

What are Privacy Controls?

The “social” part of “social media” means that people are sharing with one another. Sometimes, it's with a very small and carefully controlled group. But more often, it's with large groups of people. Many social media services make users' posts available to anyone on the internet by default.

In some cases, someone ...

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