Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Early investors include Microsoft and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing, through his namesake charitable foundation. Facebook’s US$16 billion initial public offering in May 2012 generated huge investor interest although the shares subsequently slumped in price.
Control yourself when using Facebook
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Many people say Facebook is a bad influence. They always criticise Facebook for violating the privacy of users, causing cyber bullying and affecting users' social skills.
But Facebook is just a social networking tool that can be controlled by the users.
There are two sides of the coin when it comes to Facebook - whether it's good or bad depends on the user. It all comes down to self-discipline.
It's up to the users whether to upload their photos and personal information. If you don't want your privacy infringed, then don't upload your personal details.
Many teens are also addicted to Facebook and waste a lot of precious time. Better time management can solve this problem. You just need to have the will power.
Facebook is a convenient yet dangerous tool. It can help us stay in touch with friends and relatives, but it can also put us at risk.
I think self-discipline is the best answer.
Chris Ho Ka-kui
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Chris. I think what really bothers people about Facebook is the scale of it. Before Facebook, embarrassing events could be contained, hopefully just between family and friends, and eventually forgotten. Now they can be spread around the world, and be on record for life.
That is a sobering thought. Combined with other convenient media tools, like mobile phones, people can be photographed without their knowledge or permission and those photos sent across the Web.
You are right, of course, when you say it is down to self-discipline. But it would be wise to be aware that there are bad people in the world and not everyone is your 'friend'.