The state on NY is considering charging Facebook for consumer fraud. The issue arises from boosts Facebook apparently made about its ability to protect underage user from sexual predators. I haven’t actually seen the claims that the NY attorney general is focusing on, but Facebook does not come off well in the article:
Cuomo announced last week that he had subpoenaed Facebook after he said the company did not respond to “many” complaints by investigators who were solicited for sex while posing as 12- to 14-year-olds on the site. Officials from Cuomo’s office discussed the issue with Facebook by phone and fax Friday after they said Facebook took three days to answer calls and e-mails from state investigators.
The moral is that if your garden gets big enough, the walls don’t really matter. With 40 million users there is no way that Facebook is going to be able to do anything about sexual predators and they shouldn’t be claiming they can (if indeed they are making such claims).
The other moral is that when state investigators call about sexual predators, you had better call them back.