I should stop knocking Facebook, but …
I’ve already made it abundantly clear how I feel about Facebook, its invasions of and disregard for privacy, its myriad hazards, and the ultimate silliness of it all. I’m probably a minority of one in thinking this, since I’m a cranky senior citizen/hermit with no particular liking of social networks of any kind.
Anyway, considering how large Facebook has become — 500 million active users — I suppose now I should just think of it as an electronic duplication of our society, with all the good stuff and all the bad. On Facebook, as in life, you hang with your friends, ignore those you don’t like or care about, promote your business, advance your career, etc. But also, as in real life, you should be aware of and protect yourself from the evils that exist.
I’ve warned before about posting children’s’ pictures on the Internet and revealing too much personal information. So take for what it’s worth the story of an international child porn syndicate that operated on Facebook — and FB’s knowledge of its existence and failure to report it to police.
Facebook is not yet an exact duplication of our society. It is a virtual fishbowl owned and operated by Facebook with FB’s bottom line — not your well-being — its top priority.