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Self-censorship in social networking sites (SNSs) – privacy concerns, privacy awareness, perceived vulnerability and information management

Warner, M; Wang, V; (2019) Self-censorship in social networking sites (SNSs) – privacy concerns, privacy awareness, perceived vulnerability and information management. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 10.1108/JICES-07-2018-0060. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate behavioural changes related to self-censorship (SC) in social networking sites (SNSs) as new methods of online surveillance are introduced. In particular, it examines the relationships between SC and four related factors: privacy concerns (PC), privacy awareness (PA), perceived vulnerability (PV) and information management (IM). / Design/methodology/approach: A national wide survey was conducted in the UK (N = 519). The data were analysed to present both descriptive and inferential statistical findings. / Findings: The level of online SC increases as the level of privacy concern increases. The level of privacy concern increases as the levels of PA and PV increase and the level of effective IM decreases. / Originality/value: This study extends the literature on online SC, showing that PCs increase the level of SC in SNSs. It provides support for three antecedent factors to PC which impact upon levels of SC when communicating in SNSs.

Type: Article
Title: Self-censorship in social networking sites (SNSs) – privacy concerns, privacy awareness, perceived vulnerability and information management
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/JICES-07-2018-0060
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-07-2018-0060
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Self-censorship, privacy concerns, privacy awareness, perceived vulnerability, information management, Social Networking Sites (SNSs)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068116
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