Facebook FAIL Friday #126

Happy New Year! The regular Facebook FAIL Friday column is back for 2013, bringing you the stories that highlight the mishaps, pitfalls, dangers, and stupidity that occur either on or as a result of the world’s largest social network.

To kick off 2013, we have a story of a 19-year-old who gave hints and eluded to the idea, on Facebook, of going on a killing spree…

December 28, 2012
Indiana teen arrested after alleged Facebook threats
Associated Press

PORTAGE, Ind. — A northwest Indiana teenager has been arrested after police say he made online threats to go on a violent rampage.

Eric Rizley, 19, of Portage was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges of intimidation.

Friends tried to calm Rizley down online after he allegedly made Facebook posts such as, “Watch out portage people might be dying soon,” officials said. Police were called when he allegedly continued to post statements such as, “No seriously imma go on a rampage.” CONTINUE READING›

Then this whole thing happened. Basically, Randi Zuckerberg – sister of the famous Facebook kid – posted a photo on Facebook, distributed only to her few hundred friends, nt her few thousand followers. One such friend thought it was a public post, and retweeted/posted it. The picture went viral. Randi freaked. The reposter lamented and apologized… but what does this teach us?

Two things:

  1. EVERY THING you put on Facebook can be viewed by anyone with the click of a button, regardless of what you intended;
  2. and the privacy policies and settings on Facebook are a) a joke and b) so confusing that even the creator’s family cant get it straight (it should also be pointed out that Randi lead the marketing team at FB for many years).

Folks, I don’t care what your settings are – if you put it on Facebook, consider it distributed to the world. You are in for a huge surprise if you think otherwise…

December 27, 2012
Zuckerberg family pic stirs Facebook privacy debate

WASHINGTON Even Mark Zuckerberg’s family can get tripped up by Facebook’s privacy settings.

A picture that Zuckerberg’s sister posted on her personal Facebook profile was seen by a marketing director, who then posted the picture to Twitter and her more than 40,000 followers Wednesday.

That didn’t sit well with Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi, who tweeted at Callie Schweitzer that the picture was meant for friends only and that posting the private picture on Twitter was “way uncool.” Schweitzer replied by saying the picture popped up on her Facebook news feed.

The picture shows four people standing around a kitchen staring at their phones with their mouths open while Mark Zuckerberg is in the background.

Randi Zuckerberg, who used to run Facebook’s marketing department and now produces a reality television show, eventually said Schweitzer was able to see the picture because they had a mutual friend. Those tweets have since been taken down. CONTINUE READING›

The last story to share is a recent tragedy that I suppose could have been avoided had the people used their brains and not been doing something specifically for reasons of sharing on Facebook: a sister shot her brother in the head, accidentally, while posing with guns for photos to put on Facebook. They were also drunk and it was New Year’s Eve morning (like 5AM).

December 31, 2012
Man shot, killed by sister in Phoenix apartment
By Courtney Carlmark and Deborah Stocks

PHOENIX – Police say a man is dead after he was shot by his younger sister early Monday.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos identified the victim as 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz.

Martos said officers responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex near 37th Avenue and McDowell around 5:30 a.m. Ortiz was found dead inside the apartment where he lived.

Martos said the man’s sister had been playing with a gun and having pictures taken. The weapon accidentally discharged and shot Ortiz. CONTINUE READING›

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