Data Analysis Thoughts Day 2

Here are the two links for the websites:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/fake-facebook-accounts-calgary-alberta-politics-1.4128312

http://globalnews.ca/news/3470831/manchester-arena-2-rules-to-sort-truth-from-fiction-in-an-attacks-confusing-aftermath/?utm_source=Article&utm_medium=EditorsPick&utm_campaign=2015

Site 1:

This was the site about fake Facebook accounts.

In my opinion, these people are misleading others by making them believe they are someone that they aren’t. I get using a stock picture without an actual person in it as a contact picture, for example like a picture of an ocean, or a picture of a forest. However, using pictures of people is different, because if you communicate with others over social media, they will believe that you look like your picture. Not only that, but if you use a fake name that someone else might have, you might be misleading someone who think they are talking to a person they now when it is actually only a fake person with a fake name. I suppose that this isn’t as big of a deal, as long as what you do with the account isn’t dangerous. In my opinion, simply commenting on a post is fine, as long as the comment doesn’t have any personal things or a comment provoking conflict. The people in the article did go a little too far with their commenting, so that is why they are asked to be stopped, but I believe that using a picture of scenery or a picture of an animal is fine on social media, as long, as people know who you are.

Using someone else’s picture can be considered as a misleading statistic, since the picture is not you, so it can be misleading to the person trying to communicate with a person who they think is you. Also, it is a misleading statistic because if you use someone else’s name as yours, it can be misleading as others will think that the fake name is your real name, and so they will misinterpret your actual name.

Site 2:

This was the site about fake “Missing People” on social media.

I think this site’s information was even worse than the one on the first site, as it had information that could potentially cause some drastic actions. I think that if someone found this on social media, it would be hard for them not to believe that is was fake, and so they would go into a panic trying to find a person that wasn’t really missing at all or didn’t exist. In my opinion, posting things like this is really dangerous, as someone might try to call the police, and the police would waste their time trying to help the person who posted on social media that their “little brother” is gone, instead of helping people fight real crimes. Another reason why this is a terrible idea is because if the person that posted something like this on social media used a picture found online, it is possible that the person in the picture could be potentially found, and really confused and scared about the whole thing.

This is an example of a really bad misleading statistic, since it can be really easily misinterpreted, and also because it can easily involve other people that really should not be involved, which is dangerous and not a good thing at all.