German politicians are debating banning “Facebook parties”, Der Spiegel reports.This comes after several parties that used Facebook’s invitations system spun out of hand. In one example, a 16-year-old girl in Hamburg forgot to set her party invitations to private and 1500 people showed up at her house for the party.
Uwe Schünemann, a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union said that, “a ban should be imposed on gatherings which threaten public security and order.”
Joachim Herrmann, a German politician from Bavaria agreed with Schünemann and said that officials should have the authority to stop parties before uninvited internet guests show up to vandalize or riot.
According to The Telegraph, Germany has 19 million Facebook users, so a blanket ban on Facebook parties seems like it would be hard to enforce.
Wolfgang Bosbach, the chairman of the domestic affairs committee in the German parliament argued that it would be hard to predict which parties would spiral out of control. He also mentioned that, “there are also riots on the sidelines of football games and demonstrations but that does not mean that we should completely ban them.”
Schünemann’s other solution to the “Facebook party problem” instead of a ban is an “internet driver’s licence” where teenagers learn the pitfalls of social networking.
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