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Social media has become such a prominent part of our daily lives, as we share the most intimate and recent event of our lives with the world. The Missouri Senate committee is proposing that our postings are private affairs that should no longer determine someone’s academic eligibility, renting prelividges or employment screening. The senate has put forward a bill proposing to allow the denial of access to social media accounts, treating it as a privacy right.

Senate Bill 899 could provide a sense of relief to many individuals. The inevitable reality that employers, professors and other professional can peer at you through a looking glass, has lead to a sort of self-censorship that disable the point behind social media platforms to begin. In more ways than not, our postings online reflect who we are, but can we say our posting reflect

the level of respect to be expected for an institution or corporation in a professional setting?

It is understandable that social media accounts are sometimes used to determine such things. The accounts can give professionals a broader and unfiltered version of a person’s character and morality. However, any organization requiring passwords and full access to social media accounts veers into the area of being unconstitutional.

Representation and reputation can be a leading decision in many application processes, whether it be for employment, renting or academic placement. This simple fact makes It important to keep watch of actions yes, but even our words as we explore our first amendment right to express who we are through means of a collection of opinionated thoughts, photos and compilation of shared videos.

As individuals who can fall into every category at one time, as students, renters and future employees, the relevance of the bill is quite mentionable. College students are the most susceptible to possibly misrepresenting themselves in a manner that may be detrimental to their futures.

The judgment of professionals based on social media posting may be unfair at times, but the self-censorship that accompanies these worries can be beneficial. Creating a social media account is an extension of oneself and should reflect who we are in a positive outlet. Finding a balance of appropriate amounts of online sharing and distinguishing between what words and actions may harm our image is key to creating a online presents that is acceptable for professional review as well as open enough to freedom of expression.

The Missouri Senate committee introduced the bill in January and, even though it may not be the first things on the minds of Missouri government officials, the sway of this bill could change the definition of privacy and establish a new precedent to how we handle the ethics of sharing “private” information publicly.

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