Today’s post was written by Jennie Meyer, Head Librarian and social media apprentice at the MMC-Raleigh campus.
In a valiant attempt to bring you engaging material on the Social Media Dispatch, I thought I would offer up a quick blurb on the newest Facebook farce. Bear with me; I’m not the eloquent writer that Mr. Odom is.
So have you seen the new issue with Facebook? Yesterday articles came out, (1, 2, 3 and lots more) stating how personal privacy has yet again become an issue with Facebook. Apparently apps used on Facebook are taking personal identifying information about users and selling them to third party vendors. Facebook has told us that this issue is happening basically because of basic web functioning, though obviously they are working on ways to stop the “leak”. Some third parties are saying that they weren’t aware the information was being sent out to them.
So we know everyone on this blog is using Facebook, right? I just have a question then for y’all, who said anything was EVER safe online?? I don’t remember hearing about that. I mean come on, even e-mails can’t be 100% secured. This is basic computer literacy – if you use the Internet, “you’re on the grid”. While I was reading this I couldn’t help but feel that that blame was being put onto Facebook and the app generators for more than their fair share of the blame here.
This strikes me as a social responsibility issue, or maybe I should say a personal responsibility issue. When is it going to be up to the individual to get it done, to take care of it, to take responsibility? I think this is a challenge for our global society right now and actually one of the fundamental issues we face with our students. Now before I get a huge number of flames ☺ saying that this “leak” was happening even for Facebook users with the strictest privacy settings, let me remind you that no one made these individuals get online and use Facebook. And no one made them use Facebook apps.
I guess the point I’m making, or at least trying to make, is this: if you have a beautiful home and a $13K entertainment system and someone really wants to steal it, they are going to get into your home and steal it. It doesn’t matter what you do to deter them if they are set on getting it for themselves. If you put yourself out there, (into any situation virtually or not) at some point you are going to get taken and it doesn’t matter what you do to prevent it. Do you let the fear of a possibility stop you from taking advantage of opportunity? Or do you take personal responsibility to find a balance you can live with if (or should I say when) the worst happens?