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Facebook's About-Face On Safety

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:31 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Facebook, Internet Security, Stalker, Malware

Facebook has initiated a Safety Board, but critics say Facebook has made their site less secure.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Facebook Web site

It sounds good.

Safety is Facebook’s top priority,” according to a company post.

Facebook is launching a new Safety Center with portions for parents, teens, teachers, and law enforcement on how to stay safe online.

Recent problems with Facebook are outlined in a “clear and navigable” format - how to get rid of unwanted posts, cyberbullying and harassment, myspace angles, sexting, sex offenders, terrorist behavior, hacked accounts, and underage users (Facebook accounts can only be opened by people age 13 and up), among other issues.

In other words, typical kid stuff.

The Safety Board consists of members from five child advocacy groups - Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International, and the Family Online Safety Institute.

Facebook About-face

ReadWriteWeb writes the timing is ironic.

Facebook recently urged its 400 million users to accept the “recommended” changes. That ended up revealing photos, videos links friends, personal data, to a public audience in an about face to privacy.

Instead of establishing a “Safety Advisory Board” the Web site suggests Facebook not publicize users private information.

Readwriteweb.com comments, “But Facebook already had an opportunity to make itself a safer place and they blew it. Private networks of friends and family sharing content amongst themselves doesn't lead to as much harassment, abuse and victimization of its users beyond the typical family brawl or fight amongst friends. But when you can see anyone's content - especially the stuff they thought was private - problems are going to occur. Facebook's new Safety Center is the result of the company having to deal with the fallout from that choice.”

Internet Security Problems

In a recent case of "sexting" (Miller v. Miller), or sending sexually explicit photos by cellphones that be posted on Facebook, an appeals court ruled parents could block the prosecution of their children on child pornography charges for appearing semi-nude in cellphone photos.

Facebook has worked with Canada to initiate the U.S-Canada CAN-SPAM act and other laws to go after hackers which has resulted in settlements nearing $900 million.

Other problem areas have included fake Ikea and Whole Foods coupons and fake games that install malware when clicked on. #


4 Comments

Posted by Ian
Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:02 PM EST

hi everyone one minute ago my brother was playing new super mario bros. Wii.so tell me what it's like at your home.

Posted by Ian
Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:08 PM EST

hay you guys I know what 5+9=Its 14! so easy huh.

Posted by Ian
Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:24 PM EST

y'know i'm the strongist(by the arm)and smartest in the whole Fi-rst grade class! even though i'm the smallest in the class.

Anonymous User
Posted by Emily
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:10 PM EST

Facebook doesn't technically have to be doing anything, so I give them respect.

We don't know the CEOP wanted out of the partnership, so let's drop the hearsay.

Congrats Facebook!

LINK - free internet safety resources

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