Some time back, when a Aunt, bought a new computer for her nephew (my son), and also his older sister, and I was showing them the basics of internet, IE: starting a e-mail account, useing the browser and search engines, she ( my step daughter,actually) noticed quite quickly, in fact the first thing she noticed was the FACE BOOK propaganda, so she asked me what that is (Face Book), and to be honest at the time I did not know, because I had not used a computer or internet since 1998, and this was now, 2010 and I had never heard of Face Book, so that what I told her, I did not know. Ok, well later, I did try it, I had told her best not use it,until I had looked into it more.
Ok so I registered, and kind of browsed, to my surprse I did find many memers of my more distant family, whom I had not contacted nor heard from for many years, so at first I thought that was pretty neat. But shortly after, like about 2 or 3 days, I started getting all kinds of weirdo solicitations, from all sorts of perverts, some even accesed my e-mail contacts some how, and had theyer selves listed as "freinds" or contacts,..and I had never invited them, nor had a clue as to who or what they are. I won't go into details now, but to make it breif, I decided to close the Face Book account, try to ban these "dispicables" from my e-mail,.. Face Book ignored my request, made it extermely difficult to get my self removed, or close my account, practically impossible. Also one of my brothers tried to warn me, but It was to late I already had joined.
So anyway, I told my step daughter, I did not think it was a good idea, to join face book.
With us it never went anyfurther, she did not join,..and none of us use it to this day.
Over the last 2 years I have seen many similar complaints, and concerns about Face Book, I have also seen where Face Book always tries to deny it, and they also never seem to change.
Recently I stumbled on to this:
Taken from a article at:http://allthingsd.com/20070926/facebook-nyag/
In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that within days of setting up fake profiles for 12- to 14-year-old users, investigators “received numerous sexual solicitations from adults sent to several of the underage profiles.” Worse, when the investigators complained to the company, it often responded lethargically or failed to act at all. Which belies Facebook’s portrayal of itself as a safer alternative to MySpace.
This was just part of the article, you need to follow the above link, and read the entire article, also there are some more links , in the article, that are important to fully be aware of the false advertiseing and promotions behind Face Book, and the real risks and dangers of useing it, especially allowing minors (children) unsupervised , use it.
Apparently there are known pedialfiles (child molesters) or "perverts" useing face book to gather info, photos,adresses ,phone numbers, data, and also entice young victims,..and Face Book dose nothing to stop it.
See this petition that recently started: http://www.change.org/petitions/facebook-take-all-child-molester-pages-off-facebook
I signed it, in my comments, I said, personally , I think Face Book should be entirely removed and banned from the internet, but I know that would be just about impossible, the best that can be done, is at least let the public know, of the risks useing it.
I guess thats about all for now on this.