Facebook Privacy – Who is responsible?

Everyone is crying foul on Facebook’s privacy policy and functionality. There have been murders, rapes, pedophiles, cybervandalism, cyberbullying and a lot more incidents that are ringing the alarm bells at their loudest! The government, the enforcement agencies, parents and public overall are all demanding that Facebook makes sure that it’s looking after its user’s safety interests. What amazes me is it looks like everyone is complaining but no one is leaving the Facebook. I can’t see where Facebook’s terms and conditions say ‘Once you join us, you may never leave us, no matter how dissatisfied you are!”

The question that comes to my mind is why is Facebook responsible for what we choose to share? If you don’t want something to be made public why put it on the website in the first place? And if you have chosen to put it on the profile and some creep has found out what you didn’t want him to know yet shared with ‘everyone’ in your profile, why blame the Facebook management? They have clearly given you the option to select who you want to share the option with – down to deciding for every single individual as to what he can and what he cannot see on your profile? Then I hear the argument why do I have to make things private, it’s a free country. True – it is, so you are saying, in your free country, before the Facebook era there was no stalking, rapes, murders? There were, there always have been , and that is why we have the laws and the enforcement agencies to keep a check on them.

Everyone is crying foul on Facebook’s privacy policy and functionality. There have been murders, rapes, pedophiles, cybervandalism, cyberbullying and a lot more incidents that are ringing the alarm bells at their loudest! The government, the enforcement agencies, parents and public overall are all demanding that Facebook makes sure that it’s looking after its user’s safety interests. What amazes me is it looks like everyone is complaining but no one is leaving the Facebook. I can’t see where Facebook’s terms and conditions say ‘Once you join us, you may never leave us, no matter how dissatisfied you are!”

The question that comes to my mind is why is Facebook responsible for what we choose to share? If you don’t want something to be made public why put it on the website in the first place? And if you have chosen to put it on the profile and some creep has found out what you didn’t want him to know yet shared with ‘everyone’ in your profile, why blame the Facebook management? They have clearly given you the option to select who you want to share the option with – down to deciding for every single individual as to what he can and what he cannot see on your profile? Then I hear the argument why do I have to make things private, it’s a free country. True – it is, so you are saying, in your free country, before the Facebook era there was no stalking, rapes, murders? There were, there always have been , and that is why we have the laws and the enforcement agencies to keep a check on them.

Everyone is crying foul on Facebook’s privacy policy and functionality. There have been murders, rapes, pedophiles, cybervandalism, cyberbullying and a lot more incidents that are ringing the alarm bells at their loudest! The government, the enforcement agencies, parents and public overall are all demanding that Facebook makes sure that it’s looking after its user’s safety interests. What amazes me is it looks like everyone is complaining but no one is leaving the Facebook. I can’t see where Facebook’s terms and conditions say ‘Once you join us, you may never leave us, no matter how dissatisfied you are!”

The question that comes to my mind is why is Facebook responsible for what we choose to share? If you don’t want something to be made public why put it on the website in the first place? And if you have chosen to put it on the profile and some creep has found out what you didn’t want him to know yet shared with ‘everyone’ in your profile, why blame the Facebook management? They have clearly given you the option to select who you want to share the option with – down to deciding for every single individual as to what he can and what he cannot see on your profile? Then I hear the argument why do I have to make things private, it’s a free country. True – it is, so you are saying, in your free country, before the Facebook era there was no stalking, rapes, murders? There were, there always have been , and that is why we have the laws and the enforcement agencies to keep a check on them.

 

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  • Lois Alter Mark
    Reply

    This is so true. We have the power – and responsibility – to control our own privacy settings. It’s up to us to take the time to understand the rules and adjust accordingly.

  • Niki McNeill
    Reply

    I absolutely agree. Facebook privacy issues are mostly due to the users’ infractions! FB has a whole team of people doing their best to try to keep users safe.

  • Kristi McAllister
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    I agree with everything you’ve mentioned here. Facebook is sort of like Hotel California — once you check in, you’re there for eternity haha! I do question some of their so-called “privacy rules” because some of them seem like common sense to me, but totally see people complaining about facebook and the logistics of it all the time. My privacy settings are as airtight as they can be and I like it that way. Great post!

  • Fashion and Style Police
    Reply

    We are responsible for all what we choose to share on social media. We all need to accept that and be responsible for it.

  • CourtneyLynne
    Reply

    Ahhhhh it drives me nuts that people always want to blame other for what they share/don’t share. If you want to share something on fb, that’s up to you

  • Sachi Simpson
    Reply

    I definitely agree! Facebook’s privacy policy is all laid out for us to read! I just don’t think enough people take them time to read it!

  • Ana Ojha
    Reply

    I absolutely agree with you! I believe that if you don’t like the platform, just leave it. But please don’t crib about it!

  • Christie Brown
    Reply

    I completely agree! There are some terrible things happening in the world due to what has been found on social media but people need to be more mindful of what they’re publishing to the public. They’re so quick to blame Facebook but really, they should be looking to themselves for blame. Just take some responsibility, geez. Great post!

  • Aine Mulloy
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    This is totally backwards, FB and other large sites have purposefully designed their Ts+Cs to be nearly impenetrable. Increased transparency for what people can expect, but also privacy for your digital footprint is a good thing. Just because a friend of mine has entered a competition, does not mean that I’ve given permission for my data to be sold – which was what was happening. If your company is not shutting the live-streaming of suicides, rapes, sexual assaults – or the sharing of that content either. That is your responsibility. As for people leaving Facebook, they are.

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