Facebook Used to Kidnap Girls in Indonesia
“We are racing against time, and the technology frenzy over Facebook is a trend among teenagers here,” said Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection. “Police should move faster, or many more girls will become victims.”
Facebook regularly reviews its content and works with investigators to prevent illegal activity from occurring on its pages, but the problem is that predators often use Facebook only as a method of introduction to their prey. The rest of their communication occurs off the site, like in text messages and instant message chats. Perhaps Facebook, along with local officials in the most affected countries, should invest in education about privacy and the risks of social media instead of merely policing its pages. It is ultimately up to each user to control their own online privacy and protect themselves, but they have to be educated about what options they can pursue first.