The social networking Web site Facebook has been warned that it could face a consumer fraud charge for failing to live up to claims that youngsters there are safer from sexual predators than at most sites and that it promptly responds to concerns, a spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
I have to admit that I also have seen Facebook painted as a safer social network thanks to their privacy settings. Honestly, I think they are safer although they are not foolproof. Users need to take the proper precautions to prevent their profiles from being visible to other users within their networks without being a friend. Even Jeffery Lerner of the New York Attorney General’s office believes that “Facebook’s contention of being safer than most sites was accurate when it started out as a closed site 3 1/2 years ago.” Since then, Lerner suggests, Facebook’s safeguards and complaint response times “aren’t what they once were.”
Rupert Murdoch in addition to recognizing the migration of MySpace users to Facebook has commented on Facebook’s privacy. Murdoch states that “on Facebook you’ve got people’s addresses and names and all that. If you wanted to stalk a young woman, that’s something that would be very easy on Facebook.” Do you think Facebook’s privacy features are sufficient?