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Social Media 201 Guide for Election Candidates: Control Your Privacy
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Social Media 201 Guide for Election Candidates: Control Your Privacy

Social Media

I talked about the basics of  social media for candidates running for office in the last provincial election . I was talking about how to use Facebook and Twitter. It was a good guide to start with. On the other hand, times change and the methods must change a little too.  Here is the rest of this guide, which will deal with the candidate's privacy on social media.


An important part of social media is that it represents your life. They show what you do every day, which of course you want to show. Right off the bat,  let me tell you, there is no more privacy on the Internet.

One problem with running for office is our social media history that doesn't fade away . Facebook has been around for 10 years now. Chances are, next-generation politicians will all have a Facebook profile with lots of compromising photos, dating back to their early years on the network. After all, we're all a little crazy when we're young. 

Hence the importance of dealing with privacy on social media!  We will see how to protect our privacy and, in the worst case, how to erase everything. Since Facebook is the most popular, it is this network that we will talk about here.


Here are some settings you might find useful.

Most of the information that I present to you here can be found in the privacy section of Facebook  at the following address: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=privacy&view 

This screen is very helpful, as it allows you to limit the availability of your content so that it is not accessible to the whole world.


Limit the visibility of old posts on your timeline.





This feature allows you to change all your past posts so that only your friends can see the content. This is an operation that cannot be changed later, so be sure to think about it.

In the log settings  :




If you want to control the posts on your profile, it is very important to select the options that suit you. This is where you can enable a feature to receive a permission request before allowing someone to post to your wall.


Unfortunately, there is no miraculous way to erase all compromising content about you from Facebook.  One of the solutions is to erase everything, photo by photo. This can be long, and imagine that you forget this photo of you with an election sign in 2005...

So there is the solution to deactivate your profile. It is certain that this option would make you lose a good platform, useful for the amplification of your message. On the other hand, it could be interesting to create a page dedicated to your campaign. After all, we are talking about a thirty-day campaign. 30 days without personal Facebook. 30 days where other parties would not find anything compromising on your profile.

It's the most drastic way to protect your privacy, but when you have a few journalists scanning your profile for the slightest anomaly, it may be a solution...

To deactivate your account, you must go to the security section of your account and choose the option "deactivate your account". You will be able to reactivate your account in due time.  

Despite everything, there is content that does not fade, such as photos posted by your friends or by strangers on their wall.


It may be justified to go back to his list of friends and check who is on it. Make sure no strangers are there. Remember, even if your posts are limited to your friends, all it takes is a screenshot for the whole world to see.

Finally, as I wrote at the beginning: when you publish something on the Internet, forget about your private life . You can put a photo on the Internet, tweet something or create a website; even if you erase what you did, someone may have taken a screenshot and immortalized the thing. Take care to think before posting something online!