Aug 7, 2012

Facebook Facing Criticisms

With users in every part of the world numbering to over 900 million and still going up, Facebook is no doubt the largest social media network in the World Wide Web. Although it has set its age limit for users to 18 years old, it is said that even children maintain account by posting fake ages and personal information. And since there is no way for Facebook management group to find out the true personal data of these minor users, young members continue to increase. Although most of these juvenile members are said to be using the site mostly for games only, the risk of their being exposed to adult content and posts remains. Herein then lies one of the privacy issues of Facebook, which doomsayers believe will eventually cause the downfall of this social media site.

Recent Site Changes

Very prominent on Facebook these days are the recent site changes on its applications and functions. One controversial alteration introduced early this year is the use of timeline, which has become mandatory in most accounts. Numerous members have been complaining that the new timeline altered their old privacy settings that some posts, which were meant to be private, have now become public. If the user is not aware of such modification, he will be caught off guard because then he will not think of checking his privacy options as he believes it is still on the same locked state as it was before the new timeline was introduced. This failure on the part of Facebook has gained a lot of flak from members, some of whom have threatened to leave the site forever due to this delicate security issue.

More Complaints

Facebook may have meant well when it started to incorporate somewhat drastic changes on the site. However majority of the users do not appreciate the sudden transformations especially because they were implemented with not much option for the members. Wall photos have splashed the newsfeeds with rants from disgruntled users, egging others to put up protests against Facebook admin for seemingly screwing up the old settings. On the other hand though, there are also users who easily adapted to the new set up, though their compliance may not absolutely mean they have no qualms against Facebook’s shortcomings.

Nuisance Applications

Another prominent glitch on Facebook is the nuisance applications that are practically shoved to the members though they are not up to use these features. Among these apps are game invites, video and site links and most importantly, the spam links that clutter and infect members’ accounts. When infected with these spam posts, users are advised to change their privacy setting including their passwords. This may work for a while but it can reoccur at any time and for this, Facebook seems to be helpless.
Further criticisms surface everyday from irked Facebook users and yet the site remains to be a strong and stalwart social media network. Social media watchers believe that while it is true Facebook cannot completely solve the problems of the site that cause dissatisfaction among members, the site has become a sort of necessary tool to many. Many say that despite some malfunctions, Facebook is here to stay and people will continue to get drawn to it. 

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