More against FB

15 September 2010 05:06 am - 43     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Indika Sri Aravinda

More complaints have been lodged against the social network site ‘Facebook’ and the authorities had even managed to trace and block one user’s account last week, an official at the Women and Children’s Bureau told Daily Mirror online.

He said that last week the Women and Children’s Bureau had received at least four complaints against the social network site being abused by some people who had put up altered pictures of Sri Lankan girls and women without their consent on the popular site.

The pictures are at times taken off other websites or Facebook accounts, altered in an indecent manner and later published on other Facebook accounts. At least 50 complaints had been lodged against Facebook in middle of this year.

The Women and Children’s Bureau said that it has become difficult to trace the elements behind abusing Facebook as their unique computer Internet Protocol (IP) address cannot be traced when they upload images on the international website.

He added however that discussions are underway to look at an alternative technology to crackdown on the culprits with the assistance of the Telecom Regulatory Commission. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • R Perera Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:41 PM

    Yeah, drag religion into it as for everything else!

    R Perera Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:42 PM

    What are you smoking?

    R Perera Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:43 PM

    ...ban life itself!

    polkiccha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:22 AM

    why ban Facebook when the idiots in this country don't know how to use it????

    Kader Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:28 AM

    Then go to china....
    If a tree produces one bad fruit will you cut the whole TREE?

    Ramesh Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:00 PM

    Did you want to make this another "Taliban" nation ?

    R Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:59 AM

    Because its the easy thing to do. Banning FB is easier than giving wisdom to those idiots.

    Dave Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:29 AM

    Personally, I have nothing against FB, but it is not foolproof, neither do you find a disclaimer mentioning the potential problems that might arise when sharing personal pictures, that can eventually be saved and edited by other people. It seems that some people have really suffered from this kind of misuse, but as long as negligent people continue to use social media without foreseeing the consequences, then we can expect to have more incidents like this happening.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:48 PM

    You could just write to the FB team and complain and they would do the needful, on a case by case basis. Why on earth would the government get involved?

    Gerry Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:19 PM

    Even if they find a cure for cancer, they will never find a cure for sheer stupidity.

    gunpowder Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:24 PM

    Facebook is for jobless people to waste time!

    local boy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:14 AM

    parents should not complaint against FB but to their children. utter stupidly . let us hope GoSL officials are not idiots to block FB in SL

    Heshan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:19 AM

    Ban FB and then ban webmail also.. lolz..

    suwimal Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:22 AM

    Like China did can't we block Face book entirely.

    DHA Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:23 AM

    Politician also use facebook for their election campaigns even MR's used it for his election campaign.....I don't think this case will go very far....!!!

    Sean Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:28 AM

    There are enough of ways and means to protect your self on facebook. The problem is people don’t know how to.

    Jif Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:37 AM

    The government of Sri Lanka should ban Facebook

    majeed Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:28 AM

    Ban Fb Ban Internet, Ban TV Launch ISP! paste a picture of Police Chief on all TV screens instead

    Hash Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:46 AM

    Why dont they put the privacy on for the profile so the other cant see the photos ?
    Ohh im sorry , then the new people cant see them

    Citizen Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:47 AM

    Guide on "How to use FB' properly:

    1) Do not upload photo's that you do not want people to see onto you profile!
    2) Do NOT accept people you do not know as Friends!
    3) Educate yourself and make use of the Privacy settings given by FB!
    4) ... and PARENT keep an eye on your childrens activities on the internet. No one else but you have to take responsility for it. !!!!

    It's Pointless and silly to blame the social network site due to the ignorance of some users

    scrap_metal Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:51 AM

    Then we might have to ban cigarettes,alcohol etc etc... from which century are you from, again? banning things in not a solution ..

    lankaman Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:54 AM

    if someone stabs another man, should we ban knives?

    Mohamood Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:41 AM

    Please ban FB.........that will solve this problem easily.............. :-)

    Wasantha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:43 AM

    There is a good & bad side for every thing.

    Managala Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:11 AM

    Its not problem of Facebook I Hope GOSL will not be mislead to ban the site

    Wije Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:52 AM

    Violence happens in Elections - Ban All Elections
    Some policemen are corrupted - Close down police dept
    There are army deserters - Jail all army personnel
    Child abuse by a school teacher - Close all the schools
    A child died by a road accident - No vehicles allowed on road
    ... and so on...

    Finally, Ban FB.

    crazy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:22 AM

    Well written comment...If someone (even GoSL) wish to ban FB should read this.

    Jehan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:32 AM

    This is irresponsible acting of Srilankan People, Specially people who do IT and engadge in FB full time.. They have few accounts under the same person in different User names Males acting as Females and Females Acting as males... And using FB for Dating purposes so people do these things and they deserve actions... I think FB Should start IP address tracing...

    Tish Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:35 AM

    Just because you dont use or dont know how to use FB, that dosent mean it should be banned!!!!!!

    IrajCalifornia Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:58 AM

    we are not responsible for utter foolishness of some headless women..!!! why one should upload so many pictures to facebook ?

    antidote Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:14 AM

    yeah yeah ban FB too... thats what TRC and govt good at!
    im sure TRC must be busy browsing and making next list (after 81 porn sites) for social networking sites...

    Ravana Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:18 AM

    This is the first step in bringing censorship to the internet ..or is it freedom ? !!

    Sarath Dassanaike Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:19 AM

    Parent should educate and look after them properly and show them the correct way to do the right things and keep away from evil.If the Family values are strong your child will never do wrong things.
    Sarath Dassanaike

    adjunkie375 Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:07 AM

    I see someone doesn't have many friends? or is because they don't want to be your friend? hmm...

    lol! Such a sour puss.

    kevin Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:39 AM

    There is a very simple solution,,,,ban internet........ ban adult films...ban eating meat...... ban wearing short skirts,,,

    Rezmie Jiraaz Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:36 AM

    now even school children aware about privacy, stupid blonds : )

    Prasannah Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:38 AM

    I would say users has to be educated on the privacy that facebook it self provides restrict viewing of their profile content. Sometimes a little knowledge is enough to keep you away from the pervs. But then again why would anyone post their revealing photos on websites like this?

    FB Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:52 AM

    Are you crazy? there are more than 500 million people using
    Facebook at the moment you cannot simply trace all the users.
    It's the responsibility of the users to use FB properly!
    Banning won't solve anything, people will use proxy as they do in China.

    Lasantha David Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:01 PM

    don't blame facebook, if the women don't know how to use privacy settings and regulate content on their pages, then just get off facebook, or learn how to.

    Abdul Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:49 AM

    There are stuffs like TV, Internet, Friends, when people use it for good, then that is ok, if it is used for a bad purpose, it looks really ugly like in this case. Facebook is one such thing. Criminals should be punished, but again I don't personally get a good reason to use Facebook anymore. By the name of tolerance they have hurt my religious feelings, I have stopped using FB since May 21st, 2010.

    Dfowler Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:05 AM

    Facebook pictures are few which are maupilated, u do get these weirdos at parties who takes pics with their camera phones and then post them on the internet, they need to make pornagraphy legal so normal women wont be harrassed like this...
    other than policing the weird youth there is no other alternative.

    Jason Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:54 PM

    The IP addresses are recorded and can be traced back to the ISP who would have the corresponding account information, dates, and times. It's more to do with not having the resources to police those engaged in these kind of activities. Having said that, there have been isolated cases of international arrest warrants produced where the incidents were of a more serious nature.

    Tm Abay Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:10 AM

    FB on the verge of banning

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