Facebook users will soon be able to receive notices on their mobile app when they’re near friends, signaling an effort by the online social network to play a bigger role in real-world interactions.
Users will have to opt in separately to the feature, called “Nearby Friends,” and agree to give Facebook permission to track them at all times, even when not logged into Facebook.
Speechless. Yeah we were too. Isn’t it recognised world wide that there is a bullying epidemic via Social Media – YES. Then please explain how Facebook is being even the slightest bit responsible by adding a “feature” like this? Oh it’s great if you want a certain person to know you are nearby right now (even when you are not logged into Facebook) but not so great for so many reasons we won’t bother trying to list them all.
How about we mention just one. Ever heard about Facebook stalking? Ever heard about a child being stalked on Facebook. WELL NOW THE STALKER WILL KNOW WHEN THEY ARE NEARBY IN THE FLESH.
If you don’t see that this is an unbelievably serious issue now maybe you will after your child, teenager, daughter, son turns this cool new feature on and……… your son tells you “Well the bullies found me at the shopping centre because “Near by friends” told them that he was there” Or your daughter was surprised to see a friend of the family (twice her age) who “happened” to “bump” into her at the train station on the way home. He saw that she had updated her profile and just wanted to say hi and tell her how hot and sexy she looked. Creepy………………