Facebook Lobbied to Kill Privacy Legislation and That's a Good Thing - Page 2
Facebook has every right to lobby against this legislation. Even President Barack Obama, in his recent interview with the nation’s most influential man, Jon Stewart, acknowledged lobbying as part of our democracy.
One more argument that is worth repeating is this: If users are concerned about how certain data of theirs is potentially used and shared, don’t post it. Facebook, or any social media network for that matter, can’t share information it doesn’t have. Yes, social networking is meant to be social, that doesn’t mean that those concerned about their information can’t proactively take steps on their own to prevent its disclosure.
Since the legislation in question is aimed at protecting minors, the underlying takeaway is the importance of education for both parents and young adults to help them make smarter decisions about what they post online. That education is the responsibility of all involved. Relying solely on legislation to provide that protection is naive at best, and potentially detrimental at worst.
Facebook is doing the smart thing by looking out for themselves and protecting their interests. We should all do the same for ourselves on social networks.