If you’re like me, you probably don’t frequently check all those frivolous Facebook groups you joined on a whim. Seriously, it’s a Facebook group. No real commitment, right?
Well, there’s a new group that’s trying to prove otherwise.
According to a cnn.com article, an anonymous group has “hijacked” over 280 Facebook groups and renamed them “Control Your Info.” The group says its actions aren’t malicious, but are simply intended to inform people that anyone can manipulate your online information legally and easily.
These people aren’t a group of hackers. When an administrator leaves an open Facebook group, anyone can step up and become the new administrator. This means they can completely change the group, including the name and description. When the Control Your Info group hijacks a group, they leave a wall post that says “…we could rename your group and call it something very inappropriate and nasty, like ‘I support pedophiles’ rights.'”
The implications are obvious. Every group you join can be found under the info tab of your profile. Obviously, no one wants to display their support of pedophiles’ rights, but it’s unlikely that you would even notice the change.
Control Your Info says they will change the newly acquired groups to their original titles and information by the end of next week, but that’s beside the point. The issue they’ve presented is real, especially in a society where employers “Facebook stalk” potential employees and celebrities cause controversy with Tweets. Are we, in general, too careless about what we post on Facebook and Twitter? Are privacy settings enough to avoid online catastrophes? What do we, as college students soon entering the work force, need to do to keep our online record clean?