Should you need a license in order to create a social networking site?
There’s no such requirement yet, but a large majority of those polled in Great Britain said that online gathering places like Facebook should have more government oversight.
A survey found that most Britons believe sites such as Facebook and MySpace should be covered by rules that would help ordinary people complain about intrusive material posted online.
Currently each of the major social networking sites operates under its own set of terms and conditions. However, 89% of those surveyed by the Press Complaints Commission said there should be a set of widely accepted rules to help prevent personal information – such as private photographs – being abused.
I guess I’m in the minority on this one.
There certainly needs to be much more public education on the topic of the potential hazards people face from posting information like images anywhere online.
On the other hand, it’s also true that owners of these sites should provide their members with better tools to help safeguard their privacy.
Something that could also be helped through educating people to read and ask questions about the terms and conditions concerning sites on which they want to participate.
However, asking legislators to create one of those “widely accepted” set of rules that applies to each and every site considered to be “social” (on the WORLD wide web) is a losing proposition.