- The social and moral panic over facebook seems to never end. Considering that now 7 million Australians, that’s a third of us, are subscribers it is not surprising that there are some issues and safety worries. However, considering its size, there are actually very few really bad things that have happened there. If 7 milion of us were out in a public place together you could be sure there would be far more actual danger.
There is danger in all human transactions, but at least in the online world we can limit our exposure to the dangerous. We can do that by use of the available tools out there. And if you can’t manage the privacy settings on social media websites, maybe you shouldn’t be on social media.
But anyway, luckily there is now a service for facebook users that will do it for you at: http://www3.untangle.com/saveface
facebook has redone its privacy settings so there should not be the problems that some users were worried about.
The founder of facebook in a piece for the Washington Post has also stated:
Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:
- You have control over how your information is shared.
- We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.
- We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.
- We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.
- We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.
The problem of what to share and how to share it is resolved as far as facebook is concerned. The responsibility of how you use your content and who you choose to share it with is yours. As in anything reasonable precautions need to be taken.