A Plea for Responsible Engagement in the Lawless Land of Facebook

I wonder whether people stop to think before they knee-jerk share or like.  Think about what? Well, for starters:

Most Facebook pages (not user accounts, although tens of millions of those are also faked) are anonymous and therefore not credible.

And many Facebook pages list a URL, but that is almost never any help in discovering who is posting their content and operating the Facebook page and website, because they are masked. How in the world can such a masked website purporting to operate a Facebook page have (1) a privacy policy and (2) a terms of service page if they hide the identity of the owner of the website by using a proxy and have even no physical address.

I suspect that many “serial sharer” Facebook customers (yes, customers, because you pay dearly) haven’t got a clue as to the meaning of the above question.

It is totally meaningless to profess to have a privacy policy (which usually just states that visitors to the site have given up their privacy) when you don’t reveal your own identity. How is a person expected to make an agreement with someone who doesn’t tell you who they are?

The same goes for terms of use, which might ridiculously say that the website or URL owns the copyright to the material presented. This is total idiocy, and insulting to the intelligence of at least those Facebook customers who have any substantial intelligence to be insulted.

A website or URL cannot own anything, enter into a contractual relationship, or be expected to fulfill legal obligations. A website does not have any legal status. Only the owner of the website has that. And you’re not going to be told that identity in most cases, particularly with the ones frequently shared hereabouts.

For example a website with a URL such as sentimentalmushymemes.com or amazingclickbaitfarm.com or a Facebook page it operates doesn’t own anything and is not itself a legal entity. There is an owner of the website, of course, but you would need a court order to discover who the owner is in many countries. And if they have the website hosted in an Eastern Europe or some other such location, even a court order might not work.

So people, smarten up, please. It doesn’t take that much intelligence to realize that most of what is easily shared is garbage presented by people who cannot reveal their identity for good reasons. The acquisition of good content almost always requires more effort.

There is proverb in Japanese that translates basically as “you’ll not be able to capture a tiger cub unless you venture into the tiger’s den.” It appears that many people are settling for the pile of cow dung outside the entrance to tiger’s den. And, what’s worse, they’re sending the cow dung to others.

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