Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Legislative oversight...of Facebook?

Four senators pen an angry letter to the CEO of Facebook.

If you're waiting for the punchline, there isn't one.

That's right, from the same people who brought you national health care...interference in our social networking sites. Rather than a punchline, perhaps this story has a moral. The moral of the story may be similar to Pandora's inability to get the evil back into the box. The nannyist mentality of our elected Congress has extended into such frivolities as social networking.

I don't know whether to be angry or amused.

Don't mistake me. I think there is space for oversight and higher law in our daily lives, when existing laws of public safety are being breached or are under direct threat. Human trafficking, child welfare, and terrorist threats warrant government intervention. But Facebook "privacy"...come on! No one is forcing you to partake in this site, to post your phone number, to make public your personal life. And while many users would probably prefer an "opt in" rather than "opt out" system, it most certainly is not a matter in which the government should be involved.

Trivial, perhaps. But when we let our government start to dictate and regulate something as trivial as social networking, you have to wonder: in what other business do they intend to stick there noses?

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