Google docs is being used as a Social Media platform

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With the current state of technological advancement computers, Ipads, and laptops are quickly finding their way into the classroom and into students hands. The use of learning software that you can collaborate on with your peers seems innocuous at first, but it can be used in inappropriate or potentially harmful ways. One way in which Google documents is used in improper ways is the way in which students are communicating with their peers over google docs during class, and possibly bullying one another as well. The reason so many people are doing this in school is that it looks like you are being productive while in all actuality you are not doing any work.

Google documents have changed the way we work with our acquaintances and has made it easier to communicate and collaborate with others. With anything comes drawbacks, for google documents its main disadvantage is that it is being used to communicate with friends and circumnavigate social-media bans from parents along with school firewalls. This is an issue and has only gotten worse as it has presented itself in the workplace even with secret documents between colleagues getting leaked and exposed by news sources. Google is well aware that this software is being used for negative purposes and has not made any public statement regarding this misuse of its software.

Google does have a code of conduct which states:
Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

After doing some research on this topic I found that the vast majority of people are breaking the code of conduct. When trying to find what the ramifications are of this unacceptable behavior I was left with no details or explanations which helps me understand why so many people don’t follow the code. Google may be using this software to gain more dominance within the social media moguls like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Google wants to compete with the already high ranking social platforms of today and they realized that their software google docs can do just that. In today’s society, you can never be too sure of one company’s motives there is always work going on behind closed doors and adjustments and updates are being made on a constant basis making it hard to really get the full picture. Many top companies will do whatever it takes to get there even if it means letting their users gossip, assault each other, or hide information from the public.

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