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Facebook: You’ll Never Know Who’s Viewing Your Profile

By Potomac Local News May 11, 2011 10:30 am

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Facebook spokeswoman Brooke Oberwetter speaks to about 30 people about using the social networking service safely, as Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. 1) looks on. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– When it comes to Facebook, there are just as many teenagers as there are parents with questions about how to use the revolutionary website safely.

Recognizing its popularity, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. 1) held an Online Safety Forum on Monday night so constituents could learn more about the product, and how parents can keep their children (and themselves) safe.

One of the most common questions of the evening: What about the posts that say “see who’s been viewing your Facebook profile?”

“Those are always scams. We will never make that option possible, and no one will ever know who’s been looking at your page,” said Facebook spokeswoman Brooke Oberwetter. “This isn’t MySpace people, we have standards.”

Oberwetter addressed the crowd of about 35 for more than an hour, suggesting Facebook users only communicate with people they know in real life, and showed users how to report inappropriate or threatening activity seen on the site.

Wittman says Facebook has allowed him to reach out to constituents in ways not possible before.

“We got into Facebook during the campaign, and then we kept it going as a line of communication between our office and the people of Virginia’s first [congressional] district,” said Wittman.

The event also coincided with the First Congressional District Youth Forum, a group comprised of high school students formed to discuss new media, education, energy, the environment and national security.

Students who wish to join the forum are encouraged to contact Wittman’s office.

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