Should Facebook Be Banned from Work? - Blame People, Not the Program, Stupid
Facebook is a wildly popular social network, with more than 68 million users and counting. But is Facebook chewing up too much of corporate employees' time? Are employees risking their companies' intellectual property by using Facebook? During a debate at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2008 on April 7, Gartner analyst Nikos Drakos argued that Facebook should be banned, while Gartner's Ray Valdes defended the social network.
Valdes countered that while proprietary info may make its way onto the Web via Facebook, it is no more damaging than information revealed over the phone or via e-mail. "Facebook does not reveal secrets; people reveal secrets," Valdes said, arguing that the medium of communication should not be punished for the actions of some people.