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

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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 growing increasingly. In particular, it examines the relationships between self-censorship (SC) and its 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 United Kingdom (N = 519). The data were analysed to present both descriptive and inferential statistical findings.

Findings – The level of online self-censorship increases as the level of privacy concern increases. The level of privacy concern increases as the levels of privacy awareness and perceived vulnerability increase, and the level of information management decreases.

Originality/value – This study extends the literature on online self-censorship, showing that privacy concerns increase the level of self-censorship in SNSs. It provides support for three antecedent factors to privacy concerns which impact upon the level of self-censorship when communicating in SNSs
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Early online date30 Mar 2019
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Publication statusEarly online - 30 Mar 2019

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  • Self-censorship in Social Networking Sites (SNSs)

    Rights statement: Warner, M. and 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, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-07-2018-0060. Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.

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