Did Facebook Cross the Line?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Facebook has found itself in some hot water this week as issues regarding their privacy standards continue to unfold. The results of an ethically questionable study, intentionally designed to deceive 700,000 users by skewing the content on their news feeds (either positively or negatively) in order to measure the type of emotional response elicited, has the public outraged. Not to mention, Facebook has also announced a new app for smartphones, which will allow access to the devices’ microphone and will capture audio and sounds, to supposedly use in status updates.

According to Chicago based tech expert Karl Volkman of SRV Network, Inc, both examples project a disturbing image of Facebook playing a Big Brother role in our society. “This isn’t the first time a corporation has collected user data for internal purposes. But the deliberate manipulation of users’ emotions and potential recording and documentation of personal conversations invites considerably more concern.”

Volkman continues to explain, “If Facebook hasn’t already crossed the line they are getting very close. It is essential that users stay up to date with how the landscape of Facebook is changing, and how their privacy could inadvertently be at risk.”

Karl Volkman, the Chief Technology Officer of SRV Network, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, is an IT Professional with over 30 years of experience. Prior to his position at SRV Network, Karl was the Director of Technology for the New Lenox School District 122 in Illinois, the Chief Information Officer of the Habitat Company in Chicago, and the Manager of Networks & Communications for John Nuveen and Company. Karl’s certifications include HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Adtran, Objectworld, and Cymphonix. His capabilities include IT Management, Planning and Technician, Telecomm Technician, Programmer, DBA, and Technology Instruction.

About SRV Network, Inc: SRV Network, Inc. is Microsoft Gold Certified partner that offers a variety of IT services, including a variety of flexible service packages that meet any client requirement, from as-needed technical help to intensive, regular on-site work. They work with all technology platforms and have a broad expertise in a wide variety of technology solutions.  They specialize in Network Design and Implementation, Network Maintenance and Monitoring, Disaster Recovery and Prevention and IP Telephony. Please visit www.srvnetwork.com for more information.