Private Messages~How Private Are They? BEWARE!!!
I am having a problem with this, especially on advertised sites that which go to other well known sites, web pages, blogs, any anything they can find, to advertise that the members have the opportunity to send PRIVATE MESSAGES to one another--in privacy.
OK, anything on the Internet can be copied and pasted, per the discretion of the owner of the private message, to show up in forums, and many other ways, as they are now the owners of such material. Many times it is taken out of context, and it will be (and can be) expected--right or wrong, it happens.
That is NOT my question, but the question that really disturbs me, is: IF ADVERTISED that you have the right to Private Messages, who is allowed to read them, besides you and the one to whom it is addressed? And shouldn't the person reading, take into consideration what is being talked about, or have all the facts, before making assumptions or accusations? (before considering of what you as the sender or the one you send it to goes on?)
DOES the Owner or any of the staff (moderators) of this site have the right to READ your PRIVATE MESSAGES? (OK, I agree they do to a certain degree, if there is a problem--for example, problems that are concerned with the law, and their considerations, (example child issues, flaming or fighting crime~real problems that need to be investigated, might be a problem.)
I know personally of a web page site that reads PRIVATE MESSAGES, and when I heard about it for the 10th time (Or more) , I decided to research it, but guess what, it was down and under construction, with a broom as an ICON (Sweeping the dirt away.) At least it was a good ICON.
Not only that, but due to this website owners, operators, moderators, reading the PRIVATE MESSAGES, while unsuspecting users (members) did not know of, or did not expect, they were BANNED from this site, and bombarded (Should I capitalize BOMBARDED) with hateful emails, and with bullies in toll telling the user of how AWFUL they were, because of what the unexpected users wrote in PRIVATE MESSAGES. READ MY TYPE (since you cannot read my lips) PRIVATE MESSAGES!!
Since I am writing a book on Internet problems, I get these stories of PRIVATE MESSAGES being not so PRIVATE all the time. And from what I can tell, just a simple word or two was used, (non derogatory or not intentional trying to cause harm by the users) , expressing thoughts in PRIVATE MESSAGES.
I am very interested in this, and I am doing a great deal of research on this. My thoughts concerning PRIVATE MESSAGES, and meaning will be ten (10) fold, if not more. To me, it is kind of like opening mail delivered to you. Once you open it, you have the right to share with whomever, but until you do, I consider it PRIVATE. And should be protected by the word of PRIVATE.
Thoughts on this are appreciated.