I was persuaded by my daughter to use Facebook. It seemed a good idea at the time. In fact for those people who use it sensibly, it is a good idea. It's another means of staying in touch with friends and family, particularly if they are dotted about the globe.
However, it does also bring all the worst elements of society out of the woodwork. Who can forget the recent case of the nursery school teacher who was charged with abusing the children in her care? I don't recall her name...probably because I'd rather not. She linked up with similarly sick and depraved people on Facebook.
In the wake of the murder of 17 year old Ashley Hall, by Peter Chapman, who used Facebook for "grooming" thousands of young girls, Facebook are refusing to implement the "paedophile button" (shown above) which other networking sites have been happy to install. Read more about it here.
Now I have just read a report in the Daily Mail here about a man who has mistakenly been accused by thousands of Facebook members of being Jon Venables. This man has a wife and 4 small children, and he is living in fear for their lives. The police have even had to install a panic button in his house.
As long as I live, I'll never understand why people would start these awful rumours. For a start, Jon Venables is in custody...the man who is the subject of these rumours is not. How much more stupid can people be?
There exists a vigilante mentality amongst human beings which I frankly find horrifying.
Facebook has a lot to answer for in my opinion. Maybe it's time it was closed down.