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Facebook ban a knee-jerk reaction, say experts

A decision by the Ontario government to ban access to Facebook for staffers from their computers has been deemed a knee-jerk reaction by experts in the social networking field.

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May 11, 2007Bill Joyce of Richmond Hill, Toronto, writes: Without getting into the old argument of, “What is the value of social activities in the workplace?” it’s more pertinent to deal with the reality of today’s challenges and responsibilities. The provision of tech services, while hopefully trying to maintain some social awareness and “keeping the human aspect,” at times must be trumped by the reality of continued provision. So, if exponential bandwidth use is a concern or unrecognized traffic inhibits or masks possible discovery of malware, then decisions are made accordingly.

Facebook, online music, MySpace (no, strike that last one), etc., may not ever pose a network threat, directly. On the other hand, potential indirect contributers may require unpopular actions. I’m just saying that I can understand the decision…

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