While listening to On The Media, I have to admit that I was a little bit distracted when I was looking around my Facebook page. However, something caught my attention. The speaker began talking about how Facebook was introducing a new type of search bar where you could look up “likes” or pages that people were interested and actually see the people who have liked those. The purpose of this is to be able to look for people who have the same interests as you do and be able to get in touch with them and eventually become “Facebook friends”.
Everybody “stalks” people on Facebook. I put that word in quotations because we all know its not stalking; its more like creeping on people you like or dislike. Stalking by definition is more like hunting your prey. So in this case, the word stalk is used in a more mild way. Yes, we’ve all done it. We’ve all gone through people’s pages on Facebook and looked at their interests, where they’re from, what they do, and most importantly, their life through their pictures. Personally, I know that you can find out a lot about a person from just looking at their page, and I know that this is very alarming. Now that Facebook wants to add this new search bar, I’m seriously considering erasing my account completely. I don’t want people to be able to go through the pages I like and be able to find me that way. I have gone through many unpleasant situations because of social media and I really don’t want any of them to happen again. Being able to creep on your friends is one thing, creeping on random strangers is a whole different deal.
We all know that Facebook is trying to somehow get as much money as possible from their page. But they need to take in account the privacy of its users. We do not know where this search bar could lead people, or what some of us humans are capable of doing with it. Either they update and make their privacy settings stronger, or I suggest everyone to start saying goodbye to their accounts.