Monday, May 14, 2012

Facebook IPO looks daring, while cases of user misuse reach the media

MSNBC has a host of stories about defamation on Facebook, often by creating fake accounts, including one in Britain where a woman is suing to discover the identities of “trolls” who set up a page impersonating her after she supported an unpopular reality show host.

In Georgia, a 14 year old teen is suing classmates for making a false Facebook profile which caused her to be bullied, with the AP-MSNBC story by Dorie Turner and Doug Bluestein here, link.  In most states, including Georgia, authorities are limited in what they can to do to prosecute cases that occur off campus (the Myspace prosecution in Missouri did not work).  So libel lawsuits against other teens or their parents may become more common.

MSNBC is also covering an ACLU appeal of an expulsion of some Indiana high school grils for a “hit list” on Facebook.

Facebook was also criticized recently for removing a picture of a boy with Downs Syndrome posted by the mother.  Facebook often outsources much of its content moderation, and with the volume of cases, false positives and mistakes occur.

All of this happens as Facebook prepares for its IPO Friday.
Henry Blodget has a video on the Daily Ticker about the IPO, and mentions that Mark Zuckerberg seems more interested in his social message than just making money.

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