Facebook: Perils, Perceptions And Precautions

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Claire Reeves La Roche
Mary A. Flanigan
St. Clair Reeves La Roche




Facebook is one of the fastest growing applications of the Internet.  Social networking via Facebook provides a popular way for students and others to connect with a wide audience and expand their circle of friends.  Facebook account holders have been denied admission to universities, not hired for jobs, lost scholarships, been disciplined by college administrators and arrested for online postings and exercising what they consider to be their right of free speech.  A survey of 118 undergraduate students and 45 employers was conducted in an effort to determine their Facebook habits and perceptions about proper postings.  Recent cases involving disciplinary action, restrictions on Facebook use and the First Amendment are discussed.  Suggestions are made for safer Facebook protocol.


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