Think before you post online

There’s been a lot of talk about Facebook and how irresponsible they’re being when it comes to giving their users power over how they can control what’s shared or seen. To be honest, I’d like to think that I’m quite tech-savvy, and getting through Facebook’s control panel, Help, or Forums, is like going through a MAZE.

Nothing is clear and despite clear warnings by government officials and the general public around the world, Facebook seems to just ignore what’s right for people. Yes, they implement some security features here and there, but the fact of the matter is, it isn’t enough.

It’s not only the responsibility of FB though. Parents need to monitor their children and adults need to be weary about what they post online. What’s scary is that even if you don’t post a picture, you know that someone else is going to post something and tag you eventually.

Here are a couple of great videos, I’d love to create a Qatarized/Arabized version. If you need more tips and advice, ictQatar is here to help and be there for you! (probably the only authority that actively engages with the public so openly!)

  • Miss.Q

    Thank you for your nice post Mr.Q.
    I use facebook and at least a few people try to add me on their facebook everyday… of course all guys!

    And some guys just send me messages saying ‘I’d love to get to know you’ or just put their mobile numbers.

    I know some girls just add guys on their facebook and share their pictures with strangers.

    Especially for girls… it’s very dangerous!!

    We shouldn’t share our private info with strangers…

    One day, I asked my friend ‘ Do you know this person?’ ( the person tried to add me on his facebook) and my friend said ‘ No.. I don’t know him’ But actually she already added him on her facebook!

    So many people just add strangers without checking if they know them or not.

    People on your facebook are not all your close friends…They might be there to steal your info…

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