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Ebben warns parents of social media's 'Wild West' on WMTW-TV

University of Southern Maine’s Maureen Ebben warned parents of the dangers of social media in a recent news story on WMTW-TV,

“I think YouTube is not a child-friendly space,” Ebben told reporter Kathleen Jordan. “YouTube is set up to share everything with everyone at all times.”

The news story followed a series of social media-related discoveries concerning parents. Moderating the content is often up to the users, said Ebben, an assistant professor of communication.

Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, are “advertising companies,” she said.

“It is kind of a wild west in social media,” she said. “It’s almost anything goes.”