When publishing on public social networks such as Twitter many of us feel privacy by obscurity. Nevertheless we sometimes end up being quoted by outsiders like journalists. The reason ligitimation is: public is public.
Alex Howard comes up with an interesting advice for journalists – and to all of us: “If you publish conversations from those networks without notice or consent, expect participants to be upset. Just because tweets are public doesn’t mean journalists with a huge platform should automatically amplify them, particularly if doing so doesn’t serve a newsworthy purpose or serve the public interest–and if the updates touch upon a sensitive subject … Given the democratization of recording and publishing, these kinds of ethical decisions are no longer just in the hands of reporters and editors. It’s contingent upon all of us to stop and think about whether we should record someone else’s experience, particularly if they are in extremis.”