Recently, a twelve-year-old girl in Northern Ireland posted sexually explicit pictures of herself on Facebook, looking much older than her age. In response, the girl’s father is suing Facebook, citing that the social network does not do enough to keep children under thirteen (the minimum age required to have a Facebook account) off of Facebook.
Facebook gets such a bad reputation for privacy and security issues because they implement new features without gaining permission from users, rather than giving us a chance to decide if a new feature is something we’re interested in.
Does the term “facial recognition” in terms of Facebook freak you out a little? If it does, you are so not alone. It gives me the heebie jeebies. Recently Facebook came out with this new feature that uses this sort of technology to automatically identify people in photos that are posted to Facebook, and then recommend other people that can be tagged.
At the moment, my Facebook News Feed has several videos, willing me to click and see the “Biggest Baby Born” video. I’m not interested in doing so anyway, but I thought it was curious that many of my friends – very intelligent friends – did indeed click on it, and “Liked” it, and shared it. Or did they?
Anytime I get a notification from a Facebook friend I rarely interact with, I’m a little suspicious. And usually, when I go to check it out, it’s a spammy message telling me how they’ve found a fantastic opportunity to make money at home. Then my News Feed is loaded with the same message to all of our mutual friends. Sigh.