How Facebook Protects Its Members
Facebook’s part in keeping everyone safe requires a lot of manpower and technology power. The manpower involves responding to the reports that you and the rest of Facebook submit, as well as proactively going into Facebook and getting rid of content that violates the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
Facebook does a lot of preventive work in the following areas.
Protecting minors: People under the age of 18 have special visibility and privacy rules applied to them. For example, users under the age of 18 don’t have Public Search Listings created for them. Public Search Listings enable people to be found in outside search engines, such as Google. Facebook decided never to expose minors in this way. Would anything bad have happened if Facebook had decided otherwise? Probably not, but better to be safe than sorry.
Other proprietary systems are in place that are alerted if a person is interacting with the timelines of minors in ways they shouldn’t, as well as systems that get alerted when someone targets an ad to minors. Again, with reference to the personal responsibility part, as a teenager (or as the parent of a teenager), you are responsible for understanding privacy and safe behavior on Facebook. Facebook tries to prevent whatever it can, but at the end of the day, you have to be a partner in that prevention.
Preventing spam and viruses: The spam reports that you provide are incredibly helpful. Facebook also has a bunch of systems that keep track of the sort of behavior that spammers engage in. The spam systems also keep track of those who message people too quickly, friend too many people, post a similar link in too many places, and so on.
Preventing phishing: Just like spam and virus prevention, Facebook has a series of proprietary systems in place to try to break this cycle. If you do have the misfortune to get phished, you may run into one of the systems that Facebook uses to help people take back their timelines and protect themselves from phishing in the future.
The best way to protect yourself from phishing is to get used to the times and places Facebook asks for your password. If you just clicked a link within Facebook and suddenly there’s a blue screen asking for your information, be suspicious! Similarly, remember that Facebook will never ask you to e-mail them your password. If you receive an e-mail asking for something like that, report it as spam immediately.