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The downside of social networking – part 3
Facebook – the current king of social networking today – is telling people that they never have to turn over their Facebook passwords to prospective employers
That’s true in a sense, but I think it can also provide a sense of false security.
A prospective employer can’t force you to turn over your Facebook password, and there’s a couple senators now working on legislation to ban that.
However, even without having the password to your Facebook account, prospective employers can gain a great deal of information about you; information that they couldn’t ask you in a job interview.
By looking at your FB page they can see if you are married, have children, your age, ethnicity, religion, political views and affiliations, and anything else that you have posted for the world to see.
2 of the books I’ve reviewed in the past couple of year – The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerline and The Cult of the Amateur – How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture - by Andrew Keen – both mention how most younger people today think that they can say anything they want online and that it’s protected by freedom of speech.
It’s not, and you can’t. If you write something damaging about another person, it’s libel, and you can be punished and sued for what you say if it damages the other person.
I’ve watched 2 recent television court shows recently involving Facebook where people sued other people because of derogatory comments the other people made on Facebook. In one case a woman didn’t get a Nanny job because someone had said on her FB page that she was unfit to be around children, and the judge awarded her 6 months of the salary she would have earned.
People also have a false sense of anonymity when they surf the web. You really don’t have that.
Everyone connected to the web via computer, cell phone or whatever has a unique address that can be traced back to you. Even if you send email thru some phony email account you’ve set up to be anonymous, or pontificate in some anonymous blog, it’s still traceable back to you.
I’ll be reviewing a new book on this subject next month, Digital Vertigo by Andrew Keen, who states:.
“On the Internet, sharing is a trap. Today's digital cult of the social - which encourages us all to share our ideas, our habits, our friends, even our possessions on the Internet - is an assault on the individual liberty of 21st century men and women.
This book exposes the illusions and delusions of social media ideologues and reveals the dangers of collective identity and behavior in our social media age.
Facebook users are more trusting than others. We found that the typical internet user is more than twice as likely as others to feel that people can be trusted. Further, we found that Facebook users are even more likely to be trusting…..
So today we have Facebook encouraging its users to be completely open and share all the details of their lives and interests and to network with other people.
Where the 60’s had the Peace and Love movement, today we have this Facebook movement.
But as Andrew Keen says, is posting all this information an assault on our individual liberty?
That’s a question we all have to answer for ourselves, and determine where to draw the lines.
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