Dear Facebook, I Am Having A Party

Next time you plan an event on Facebook, you may want to ensure that it’s private.

The event page for a 16th birthday party of a girl in Hamburg, Germany was made public this past June. 1,500 unexpected guests arrived to her house. Party-goer’s vandalized and set fires throughout the neighborhood. Needless to say, her party was cancelled.

The incident follows criticism of Facebook’s privacy settings, with concerns that they are too complicated to understand. However, when someone creates an event on Facebook they can tick a box saying “anyone can view and RSVP (public event).

Public event pages aren’t the only culprit’s. Facebook, Twitter and texting all contribute to unwanted guests arriving at your party. Tweeting your whereabouts is a surefire way to let party crashers know where to go.

When planning any large scale event, remember to check the privacy settings on your Facebook event, and try and avoid mass text invites or tweeting your location.

 

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)