Some schools in Ha Noi have just published new regulations about the use of social networks by students. These state that they may not post any comment containing bad language or an overly negative or offensive message about another individual. They have also been told not to click "like" on any status with similarly bad content. This move follows reports that some students have been sharing negative comments about their teachers on sites such as Facebook.
A public discussion has been triggered by the decision, with some supporters of social networking arguing that the measures have no legal basis and can not be effective.
However, this is not the first time when the questions have been raised about the use of Facebook, Twitter and other similar networks.
Some people have become addicted to checking the sites for updates and spend their time doing little else. Others have had their information stolen and some have even been the victims of burglary after posting details of their daily schedule.
However, it cannot be denied that social networks have brought a lot of benefit to people; connecting friends more easily, helping launch charitable campaigns and even allowing users to track down long lost relatives.
Are you a social network user? What are your experiences with it?
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