Lawmakers from Tennessee, Texas, and other states have recently drawn attention to one of the nation’s most beloved social networks; Facebook. Since February of 2004, Facebook has become one of the most popular ways for people to keep in touch via the internet. However, this attention is not entirely positive.
One of the many ways Facebook allows people to connect with each other is through ‘liking’ things. Not only can you ‘like’ someone’s statuses or photos, but also brands or movies. People who ‘like’ the same things are often suggested to be friends with each other.
This wouldn’t be an issue to most people, except for the fact that these brands will save their username and photo and later use them in online advertisements for the product or products. This doesn’t exclude those who may be underage or may not want to their faces to be shown to the general public.
This has concerned parents and lawmakers alike so much so that on Wednesday, July 10th, a Representative in Tennessee barred the use of photos of children under the age of 18 from being used for online advertising purposes. This comes as a relief to many parents in the state who worry that the photos of their children being placed online in that way put them in danger of sexual predators, identity thieves, and other malicious practices.