Which is all well and good your thinking, but whatabout privacy issues? You want to know what you’resigning up for.
But to get you started here are a few factsfrom Facebook’s Terms of Service or TOC.Facebook promotes “openness andtransparency by giving individuals greaterpower to share and connect.” (Facebook2012)You own your information and can share itwith who ever you want too. You can alsoremove it and take it “anywhere they want.”(Facebook 2012)
Facebook encourage you to read their Statementof Rights and Responsibilities.They ask you to help them keep Facebook safeand they don’t guarantee your safety. have aData Use Policy
Facebook’s TOS has safety warnings aboutbullying, spam and other nasty stuff that includes hatespeech, nudity, porn and violence. (Facebook 2012) You can’t do any of that stuff and you can report to Facebook if you see anything you deem to be offensive.
If you don’t want your age or birth date out there, you can choose not to make it public. http://funny-pictures-blog.com/2012/07/23/facebook-meme-5/“Your name, profile pictures, coverphotos, gender, networks, username and UserID are treated just like information you chooseto make public.” (Facebook 2012)
When you post a comment, photo or video you canchoose to make it public, friends or custom. (Facebook2012)
“The real privacy concerns arise when users allow people they do not know and normally would not trust to have access to the personally identifiable informationhttp://pictures-funny-pictures-the-new-born-almond-by- they have made available.” Goettke, R., & Christiana, J. (2007)
Facebook also collect data EVERY TIMEyou interact on Facebook, “such as whenyou look at another personstimeline, send or receive amessage, search for a friend or aPage, click on, view or otherwise interactwith things.” (Facebook 2012)
This makes the privacy andapplication settings an importantpage on Facebook.REMEMBER that Facebook do andwill change the settings back totheir DEFAULT mode when theyupdate, so check back regularly.They’re sneaky like that!
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