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Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious 625

bs0d3 writes "According to this article printed in, not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.(German) As examples they use Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik, who used MySpace instead of Facebook and the newer Aurora shooter who used adultfriendfinder instead of Facebook. They already consider those with Facebook accounts, who lack friends to be suspicious, but now they are suggesting that anyone who abstains from Facebook altogether may be even more suspicious."
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Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious

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  • Summary is wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29, 2012 @01:29PM (#40808929)

    Breivik most certainly did have a Facebook account. He networked with anti-immigration and anti-Islam groups on Facebook. His address list for his manifesto was compiled from Facebook profiles that he had friended.

  • Re:Summary is wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29, 2012 @01:39PM (#40809063)
  • Bad Translation! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29, 2012 @02:13PM (#40809421)

    As a native German I just read the German article, and have to say it was a quite a good article. It just said not leaving any traces online(Facebook, MySpace etc.) makes you look suspicous in the eyes of HR departments, and you will probably not get the Job, because you might try to hide something. It also quted Dr. Christoph Möller that being addicted to Social Network can deepen Basic Mental Health Problems and also strengthen fear. Dr. Möller also said that he DOES NOT believe that absence from the Internet can lead to mass murders as committed by Anders Breivik and the Shooter from Aurora.

    tl;dr Basically the article got it backwards.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29, 2012 @02:15PM (#40809443)

    It leads to your own profile.

  • Re:Two words (Score:4, Informative)

    by Jedi Alec ( 258881 ) on Sunday July 29, 2012 @03:06PM (#40809823)

    Not too long ago my national government was looking for a way to make digital dealings with the government easier. As usual, a truckload of very, very expensive consultants were brought in (Cap Gemini) who then spent a lot of time, money and paper working on possible ways to accomplish this.

    Their final verdict? Facebook integration. I kid you not. These guys actually thought using Facebook as the primary identifier to facilitate dealings with local and national government would be a good idea.

    Fortunately it seems there must have been some civil servants with a bit of sense, because those documents were very quickly never heard from again.

  • by jader3rd ( 2222716 ) on Sunday July 29, 2012 @04:20PM (#40810471)
    Historically someone who behaves differently than everyone else could be labeled suspicious. It's how those in control suppressed rebelious thoughts. It's the same reason why the masses generally concider scientists to be suspicious.

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