Opinion

Online content and adhering to rules about posting info

"PAGES must not contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content.''

So reads the final paragraph on Facebook's terms page.

On its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities page there is similar wording.

"You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.''

There are many rules to abide by within Facebook - and if they were enforced, the world would be a happier place.

Unfortunately Facebook is rife with misinformation, which is what happens when people engage in general grapevine discussion leading to a snowball of error-riddled comment.

But this is not barbecue chit chat with a few friends; it is information for the world to see.

We all accept Facebook content should be taken on face value but when false claims damage the reputation of an individual, business or organisation, legal action could follow.

In the case of Cameron Craney, he was named on Facebook as a suspect in a break and enter at a North Rockhampton home.

CCTV images of the offenders were posted on social media and attracted major traffic.

Cameron was shocked and denied any involvement and has spoken out via The Morning Bulletin.

This has obviously been a serious breach of Facebook policy but I wonder if it will take any action?

"We do our best to keep Facebook safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep Facebook safe, which includes the following commitments by you:...''

Isn't commitment here a two-way street?

Topics:  editorial, facebook, social media




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