A year ago yesterday, a good friend of mine took his own life. In attempts to honor my friend I typed “suicide” into the search engine of Tumblr, hoping to find posts about the hotline number to call to spread awareness. In retrospect I should have typed in “suicide prevention” which is why I got this page:
I have to say that I was not disappointed. If anything I was delightedly surprised. Tumblr’s demographic is not only young teens but also those teens are known to battle issues that hold them in a dark place. This is highly socially conscious on Tumblr’s part. This got me thinking about other social media platform’s accountability for social responsibility. Facebook has been under attack a lot this year regarding its spread of certain news sources that have been known to be fake. Is this the responsibility of Facebook or the responsibility of the consumer to research its source? Youtube recently has been facing issues, with the subscriber and viewer counts. This has been resulting in a lack of revenue for those who utilize the platform and unhappy consumers who are missing out content by their favorite creators. Instagram recently allowed for the ability to disable comments but still hasn’t quite fixed the issue on what should be age restricted content. So why exactly have more social media platforms not taken more stances on social responsibility? It could very well just be the audience of these platforms not demanding high social responsibility. Take for example Tumblr again, Tumblr has a terms and conditions page that is not only easy to read but very clearly shows that they are customer centric. This is a refreshing change to the fine print technical style writing we are used to seeing in terms and conditions print. Tumblr may very well just be a do-gooder company or they also understand that their main consumer cares about social responsibility. They care about their rights and their care about their justice. This is in contrast with the average Facebook user who could be your 11-year-old cousin, your 8th-grade conservative gym teacher or even your grandmother. Very different interests there.
So what are your thoughts?