Facebook fans in Pakistan will no doubt be pleased to learn that a home-grown rival to Facebook has been released following the site being banned in the country …
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Facebook have decided that after more than a year and a half of being in existence, the England page I started on Facebook breaches their terms and conditions and has been locked.
As of tonight 13,920 people have declared themselves fans of England through the Facebook page. The only England fan page on Facebook with more fans was the one the English Democrats took over so they could pretend they had thousands of supporters (not an isolated incident).
The England page I started is the biggest England fan page on Facebook that isn’t linked to any political party or organisation, it’s just for fans of England worldwide.
But all is not lost. As we’ve seen, Facebook has proven to be very useful in getting companies to change their minds – Cadbury have certainly bowed to Facebook pressure in the last year or two, reintroducing chocolate bars off the back of Facebook petitions. So let’s see if we can force Facebook to reinstate the England fan page with this group: Facebook, let us have our England fan page back!
A 17 year old girl has been murdered after meeting a predator on Facebook.
The girl agreed to meet a man who claimed to be a 16 year old boy who allegedly then murdered her.
The usual criticisms of social media have been rolled out by the usual suspects along with the traditional warning of the dangers of meeting complete strangers you’ve only talked to online and reminder that people online might not be who they claim.
I know it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead but online safety really isn’t rocket science is it? Common sense tells you that you don’t go and meet a complete stranger you’ve met on Facebook on your own. What possible steps could Facebook have taken other than reading every interaction between their millions of users and inserting advice such as “are you sure this complete stranger isn’t a pscho murderer?” and “I wouldn’t agree to meet him if I was you” into every message?
Let’s put this into perspective – this wasn’t some 13 year old kid whose naiveity has been exploited, it was a 17 year old young adult, past school age, old enough to be out working, old enough to be married with kids. Should she have known better? Yes she should. Does this mean every other person on social networking sites are sexual deviants or mass murders? No it doesn’t. It’s sad that she was murdered but do we really need endless hand wringing and navel gazing every time someone has a common sense bypass involving a social networking site?