WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Facebook comes under scrutiny

Used recently by David Cameron, and by Cambridge students to stage a cyber-rebellion against HSBC, ­social-networking phenomenon Facebook, the ‘current media obsession du jour’ (John Naughton, The Observer, 9 September) has been accused of selling out.

Facebook’s decision to allow search engines such as Google and Yahoo limited access to information about its members is likely to raise a ‘privacy storm’ (The Sun, 5 September). Despite reassurances that users can set their own security levels, the news that university authorities and employers have been accessing users’ profiles has made Facebook ‘the most dangerous site on the web’ (Peter Thomas, PC Advisor, 8 September).

In other news, hospital key workers and the police have been banned from using the site as part of ‘ongoing work to monitor internet ­usage and optimise efficiency’ (Medway NHS Trust, BBC News, 5 September), although the TUC urged ­employers not to ban social networking sites. Peninsula, an employment law firm, ­released survey results suggesting Facebook costs firms £132m a day (clickajob.com, 7 September), which probably won’t worry the student population, who make up the bulk of its users.


 

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