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Facebook has launched new privacy tools. What about Twitter and Snapchat?

Facebook has just opened a new fight against "porn revenge".

They have just announced new tools to help users prevent their intimate photos from being shared on Facebook without their permission – including images often used as "porn revenge," according to Facebook.

Users may post images that appear to have been shared without permission, and Facebook representatives may delete the image if it violates the standards of their community. They can even disable the accounts of users who share these images without permission and prevent them from being shared with Messenger and Instagram.

Still, even if these photos are removed, Facebook itself still has it, because Facebook "collects all the content you create, share, or publish in audio, video, text, images, and other media files or software. " to Instagram, which belongs to Facebook.

Which raises the question … What are the similar privacy standards on other social media platforms?

What about Twitter?

Starting in 2013, photos and videos could be shared via a direct message on Twitter, and more recently, in 2016, tweets could be shared privately in direct messages – excluding tweets private. In other words, all public tweets can be sent privately to any user.

Currently, you can not change the privacy settings once your tweet is posted.

And Twitter's Privacy Policy warns that, among other things, if you use a public Twitter account, your interactions may be public, including those sent by a private direct message.

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Although Twitter has not yet gone to Facebook to prevent "pornographic revenge" and associate with security organizations, Twitter has added a new policy in 2015: "You can not post photos or intimate videos consent. "

And do not forget, Twitter collects all tweets and direct messages.

And Snapchat?

Snapchat – which was built in the first place around the idea of ​​privacy and lack of permanence with its disappearing messages – does not mention the inappropriate sharing of images or intimate videos in its privacy policy.

And now, Snapchat allows users to send third party snacks privately to friends.

Rachael Scruggs, a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, said she does not like this new feature of Snapchat. "People can now send my snacks to other people with whom I do not even communicate, and it's almost like they could see in my life without my permission," said Mr. Scruggs


Snapchat also allows users to replay photos of friends – only once.

Snapchat warns users that their content may be copied or backed up / shared using other methods, and recommends blocking users who engage in bullying or harassment.

Even if your five-second photo of your best friend disappears after it opens, Snapchat reserves the right to collect and keep content for a certain period of time or to keep certain information in accordance with the law.

Snapchat also warns that jailbroken phone users may be able to discover squiggles in push-button stickers, which could eventually reveal something purposely covered by the breakup creator.

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What is the degree of protection of privacy on social networks, anyway?

"It's getting harder and harder to stay truly private on the Internet when our information technologies are with us and connected to a global exchange infrastructure," says Andrew Dillon, Dean of the University of Toronto. School of Information of the University of Texas. Austin, told US TODAY College. "To achieve true privacy, a user has to do extraordinary things, often using specialized tools – and even then, one must remember to pay attention."

Privacy policy and security measures aside, do not underestimate the power of screen capture or the lifetime of content posted on the Internet. Putting your account on "private" or blocking another user may not guarantee the security of the media you post. And after removing something, it can still exist on a server.

Dillon stated that such data rarely exists in a fixed location, and ownership of this content can be complicated. "We tend to think about this type of instant sharing of a form of conversation," he said. "In reality, it's more of a form of publication."

Do you care about the privacy of social media?

"My mother always says" do not publish anything there that you would not want to see God or your mum, "said Erin Chancy, UT-Austin. She said that she keeps most of her public social media accounts because she does not publish anything inappropriate or offensive.

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But Chancy believes that privacy should be taken more seriously by Millennials and Generation Z, including herself.

"The concept of privacy is taken very lightly by most social media users, even myself," Chancy said. "Sometimes social media users are sometimes sued foreigners when it's junk.There are also hackers who can get private information.The only thing we can do is try to keep our information [on social media] ] more confidential. "

Social media is supposed to be fun and share and communicate with other users, but always be careful with the content you post. What you think is private – or temporary – is not always.

Brianna Stone is a digital producer from USA TODAY College and a student at the University of Texas-Austin.