Internet lawyer: Facebook Panic Button? Bah Humbug

As an Internet lawyer, I’m dismayed to see there’s a push for Facebook to have a panic button installed for users because of the potential for attacks by cyberstalkers and sex offenders. No doubt some government agency in the U.S., U.K. or Canada will mandate it to “protect the children.”

In reality, minors shouldn’t be using Facebook unsupervised. And any adults who are on Facebook should have the common sense not to meet strangers in person after becoming “friends” online.

Of course, that’s too much to ask.

No one deserves to be raped or murdered because of their social activities.

Yet is Facebook supposed to save people from their own stupidity?

As noted on elsewhere on this Internet lawyer blog, I deleted my Facebook account because of Facebook’s disregard for privacy rights. Yet in this case, Facebook isn’t at fault when be people hook up with strangers using the site.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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