(a typical Wechat page on mobile)
However, I think Fuchs exaggerated the conflict between users’ privacy and companies’ interests. For people log in social websites because they have the need for communication and interaction as a member of the whole society. They are not only being exploited by the companies to create content in the platform without gain They also reach their goals of communicating and contacting with their friends and family. So I think Fuchs goes to an extreme and is partial to declare “play time and work time intersect and all human time of existence tends to be exploited for the sake of capital accumulation” (2012, p. 146). Since as a Wechat user, even though all the content on the platform is created by ourselves, I get fulfilled when sharing information with my friends. And what’s more, not all the information we share can be used for marketing target, some sensational expressions and daily conversations on the platform cannot be used for commercial aims, so it is too absolute to say “all human time” is exploited.
What Taddicken describe in his work also accord with my experience on Wechat to some extent. I do know that my personal information may be used for commercial or other purposes by the platform, but the fact does not dampen my enthusiasm to use the app because I attach lots of social relation to it and almost every one I am familiar with in China use it. Under the idea that all other people are being in the same privacy situation as me, I do not think the problem that serious because others are also being watched. And most people may think that since billions of people are leaking their private information, there is little chance the company have time and energy to search their personal specific information. Ideas like this are certainly not good for privacy protection and democracy.
But I believe if more people realize the problem and make it a pervasive concept in the society, there will be improvements in the project.