Posted by Christy Wittmer
I recently got a few thoughts about Facebook due to articles surfacing that portray it in a bit of a shady light. The most recent I’m referring to is an article I spotted on The Huffington Post. The article is about Facebook going ahead with a plan to give third-party developers and external websites abilities to access information about the users, such as cellphone numbers and home addresses. This plan was supposed to start in January but received harsh criticism, and has now been affirmed once again by Facebook.
In a direct response to the post, Facebook wrote: “Despite some rumors, there’s no way for other websites to access a user’s address or phone number from Facebook. For people who may find this option useful in the future, we’re considering ways to let them share this information (for example to use an online shopping site without always having to re-type their address). People will always be in control of what Facebook information they share with apps and websites.”
SafeToBe.Me is a blog with a goal of monitoring and informing consumers of privacy and security issues specifically with Facebook. On Nov. of last year they released an article entitled Top 10 Most Dangerous and Spamiest Facebook Pages. It ranked, in separate categories, the top 10 Spamiest and top 10 most
Dangerous pages or apps on the social media site. The ranks change with time,
but the blog would like the viewers to notice the main type of page showing up in the ranks were the games, such as Frontierville and Farmville.
With that being said, here are my thoughts. Seriously, do we care? Are these concerns enough to make us pause and give a second thought? What would it take for you to actually be afraid enough to cancel your Facebook? Or, what if Facebook had to shut down because of something. The big questions are: What would you do? What would you turn to next if there was no Facebook?