And in the category of plausible deniability, this privacy update proposal is accompanied by modifications to the privacy settings making it incredibly difficult to navigate and opt out of commercials; thus putting the burden on the user to notify Facebook to leave their personal data out of advertisements.
Most disturbing is the intent to exploit images and content of minors, which states in part if you are under 18, “you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms of this section (and the use of your name, profile picture, content, and information) on your behalf.”
Kammy Caruss is President of YNotWeb, a marketing and web design firm in Sacramento that offers strategic business development for small business. She cautions parents to help their children understand the significance of a) sharing your image and personal information on Facebook or any social media site, and b) have a clear understanding of the meaning of private and why it is a matter of personal safety.
“I wish I had some advice to parents other than to strongly discourage their children from using it – or at least explain to them what this means,” Caruss said. “I also would discourage anyone from providing their mobile phone number.”
For more about safely launching children into the social network go to: A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media.
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