By Ben Rickmond
Did you know that some people believe that Facebook is becoming too powerful? The U.S. Government believes so. Multiple newspapers and websites such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting that Facebook is trying to integrate Instagram and WhatsApp. Basically Facebook is turning into a “monopoly,” which is when a bunch of major companies in the same market are all in one company. A monopoly creates a high stock price and almost total control of the market. This is outlawed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC is trying to put a stop to the monopoly. As the government’s main business controller, the FTC could seek an injunction. “An injunction could deal a severe blow to Facebook and its efforts to combine its services, which began earlier this year. It would also leave the company more vulnerable to being broken up.” Quote NBC News.
The companies bought by Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, are both steadily growing and popular social media websites/apps. WhatsApp is a text-like messaging program available on most devices. WhatsApp is not so bad compared to other social media websites but parents have no way of seeing what messages kids send, according to Common Sense Media.
Instagram is a cool social media website designed to share pictures with family and friends. The main purpose is to share great pictures on the web. Like a lot of social media websites, it is misused and can be used to share “anything on the web” which drives away the site’s “true” purpose. There can be a lot of inappropriate posts, and hackers. Instagram also has many ads. Like Facebook, many of the ads are targeted. The ads can cost on average $.70-$1.00 per click.
In the end, a lot of kids at WES seem to use these social media services starting in about 4th-5th grade. From my perspective, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok are the most popular. All of these websites have pros and cons. Now you decide, Social Media, good or bad?