A recent article I came across about someone being stalked on social media: First foursquare stalking case leads to social networking warning | Metro.co.uk
She had been able to track the designer through foursquare, a site which allows users to ‘check in’ to venues where you live and find other friends.
‘It has become quite scary,’ he said of the woman, who sent him dozens of emails, calls and texts every day and showed up at places where he had met with friends – despite the fact she’d only encountered him for a few minutes.
Police, who are currently investigating the cyberstalking case, have warned people to be careful about the the information they put on social networking sites, pointing out that Facebook Places also lets users sign into locations.
Last year, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that cyberstalkers who harass people on social networking sites could face jail under a new crackdown.
Outlining its determination to tackle both stalking and the growing problem of cyberstalking, the organisation explained that restraining orders would ban offenders from posting ‘any material relating to the victim on sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter’.
Breaching the orders would mean perpetrators could be sent to prison for up to five years.
When I read this several questions came to mind:
- How much are people willing to reveal on social media?
- Is there a line set for how much one should reveal?
- Why did the 26-year old continue to use foursquare knowing he was being harassed? (this one comes courtesy my former professor, Carrie Brown )
Now what’s your view? Share!