Social media takes a hit again with the announcement that a couple with an 8-month old baby were murdered for un-friending someone on Facebook.  While all of the details are not known yet, the couple unfriended a single woman whose father and cousin then went and executed the couple with a gunshot to the head.  While the mother was holding the baby.  The baby was not harmed, but is now without parents over someone being “unfriended”.

Let’s face it.  They weren’t friends at all to begin with.

There is no circumstance where the act of taking someone off your Facebook page should lead to violence.  Social media is a tool to keep up with activities and events of your friends.  With Facebook, you may connect with people you don’t know well, or at all, through the games.  This is an area that Facebook needs to address.  While there are several levels of privacy settings, I personally don’t find them sufficient.

With the level of programming available today, it should be a simple matter to have a completely separate profile for gaming associates who only get game updates and no personal information.  Such a category would eliminate the grey area between actual friend and casual acquaintance.  Since this group would not have access to your truly personal information such as address, age, location and phone, it narrows the opportunity for personal space intrusions.

That said, please take every precaution to customize your privacy settings.  Choose carefully who can see your posts, and personal information.  When in doubt, do not accept the friend request.  True friends do not commit violence against each other.  Treat social media as a large public nightclub.  You have your friends you came with and everyone else is suspect.  Don’t turn your back on them.

Surf safely.

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