Social Media – The future or stuck in the past?

By now most people around the world will know what it is, the internet.
To some it is a blessing, to some it is the worst thing in life.
Over time, the internet has in fact done a lot of good, but the question should be asked, did the good overturn the bad?

The sad answer is that in fact the bad has by now fully overtaken the good, and calling the internet a good thing is worrisome, and says a lot about your personality.
The internet is bad, bullies are called Trolls at the internet and get away with anything as apparently trolling is not bad, while the simple fact is, it is bullying nonetheless.
Over the years suicide rates all over the world have been increasing, while at the same time bullying has been increasing, at least, if you take trolling into account of everything.
And yet internet trolls feel safe, and they indeed can, as while they are in actual fact not anonymous in 90% of the cases, law enforcement can’t act in most cases…
Yes, the sad part is the fact law enforcement quite often have full lists of all internet trolls active, but can’t do anything as in many cases, it is not against any law…
It is a worrisome part of the internet, because things are quite often classified in other ways, they are suddenly not against any law, they only become this way when something bad happens, this while law enforcement should have the capability to stop it from actually happening, saving families and friends from a lot of grief.
Yet, it doesn’t in fact stop with internet trolls.

Another huge problem at the internet is identity theft.
It has been already a huge problem in real life for years, and now it has only gotten worse by it happening all over the internet.
In real life it has in fact far less problems then anyone will experience by identity theft at the internet.
One of the main examples of identity thefts to happen are Social Media platforms, while previously it always had focused at chat services, most youth won’t use it anymore and it has moved over…
Yes, I indeed say youth, as that is where the exact problem lies, in fact, where most of the internet problems are.
Identity theft at the internet is used to get 2 things accomplished:

1. Status – People think by acting like any famous person causes them to gain status or something close, hence why there are massive amounts of fan accounts and parody accounts at social media, however, a lot of faked accounts saying they are the actual person too.
2. Abuse – Many adults use fake profiles to lure children and youth and well, do the worst thing imaginable, hence why law enforcement will call out to never meet up with anyone you meet online, and you indeed should not ever do so.

And yet again, you won’t see a lot happening, while in fact, this is all but to be blamed on law enforcement, instead, the actual social media platforms are the concern here.
A bit like a parent, at social media platforms there should be a safety and support team protecting their users, yet, in most cases this is not happening.
The main part which prevents this is the fact social media platforms truly see themselves as companies, and are seen this way by higher parts of society, while in fact, they are not really companies in the general sense, this started because they went at the internet and started a social platform… Another great example of social platforms are fora, they have been existence for most of the lifetime of the internet, and they show the way it should be, a dedicated team of administrators with ultimate power, a team of moderators with partial powers, and in most cases a team of supporters with specific powers.
Most fora are managed by people close to never or even never seeing each other, they only interact through the internet, and that is the way it should be and the exact power the internet has.
Instead social media platforms still base their way of works at the past, something that just doesn’t work at the internet, they have several offices and there is where their teams work, that is most often all they have…
Basically, they are doing the exact thing the internet shows to not be about, staying stuck in the past, the internet has instead been moving forward in extreme speeds, just look at how previously MSN was the most used chat service, it moved over to Windows live when they changed their name, and not even long after that name change, they went down, becoming focused at Skype, which already is not that popular anymore, as we have seen whatsapp, snapchat and a lot of other examples by now moving into the gap and being pushed out by another again…
Social media platforms are basically mixed up between old and new, and at this moment no platform is truly leaping forward, as basically every platform has been staying in the past with their format that is not really shown at their websites…
Yet, by these lacking, all social media platforms are currently a safety hazard to youth and children, needing basically a tag of 18+ at all of them, that would only be the fair way of saying it, as even YouTube as one of the examples of being unsafe if you are thinking of commenting or posting videos, hence why most will only watch videos, nothing more.

All social media platforms have their own good part, even the ones that are closely alike, yet at this moment they are all stuck in the past.
The internet gave the blessings of not needing offices, being able to let youth and children take part in improving and in fact being save when talking…
Yet, these 3 blessings have not been utilized by the social media platforms…
Everyone knows by now Twitter has no true dedicated support team, Facebook is managed by a normal and bot support team, Instagram doesn’t know how to support the right way and Vkonktakte needs better English supports…
It should be their focus to look at the solutions…
Twitter could work together with a part of their community that is highly active and willing to help, making a select “community support team” that can take down accounts with 18+ content and identity thefts as easiest examples.
Facebook could remove their bot support and instead only manage it with their normal team, it would make their response times worse, but would cause takedowns of some highly offensive 18+ accounts.
Instagram could look at ways to make blocking users also makes their likes be removed at the photos of users, as that is in fact one of the most problematic issues at instagram, 18+ liking your content and you not being able to remove their likes, making you needed to remove your photos or even start over your whole instagram account…
Vkontakte could work together with the community that speaks both Russian and English, easy solution.

Currently the question that remains if any dares to step away from the past and move forward to the actual future and the actual way the internet works…
Only time will tell…