Facebook has released latest news saying that they want to make changes in graph search which was launched to limited users. They have come out and said that they will change the search algorithms which will set young teens apart from adults. This was pointed out by some concern members that this graph search had no control over it. This was posted on the Facebook Company page by its safety team quoting “for certain searches that could help to identify a young person by the age of by their location, results will only show to that person’s friends or friends of friends who are also between the age of 13-17″
Although there have been no reports on this kind of child targeting yet but the concern was raised because in a few months this search will be released to a wider public. They also added that this graph search also enables users to search for a specific age group person for example “Women under 18 years old who lived nearby and are not in a relationship”. This sort of behavior could raise serious issues.
One month back Facebook launched a graph search, the company said at the launch that this search is aware of privacy. If someone isn’t allowed to a see someone’s image on your profile, for example, that same person won’t be seen the image during a Graph search for getting into your profile.
But if you put that to practical we have found that this search reveals the whole other information as well. Child abuse has been a really sensitive matter every where around the world as the virtual social networking making its way into the next generation. Facebook wants to stop this by adding the age barrier in graph search.
What this will do?
Facebook will implement this age barrier with graph search this will limit the user to search out of the age group he or she is assigned to. This will make sure the information is not disclosed to the wrong age group. As Mr Mark Zukerberg has said that “n addition to building these [privacy] tools, we need to get them in front of people so people actually see them before everyone in the world has Graph Search.”
Facebook also looking forward to lunch tutorial tools to teach people how they would be exposed to graph search. This can minimize the information and data which are exposed to the general public.
Trust is a very difficult thing to establish in the virtual world as for Facebook I think this is an uphill task. The upcoming time will tell what difference this introduction of age barrier brings to the table.