The Facebook generation of MPs

The social networking site Facebook has been used in criminal and university investigations and, anecdotally, to look at potential employees' characteristics that they choose not to show at interview. Such is the power of the site - it feels safe and private, but it's easy enough to find out about someone.

Beyond that, embarassing photos are easily downloaded and stored. I wonder if someone out there from one of the media organisations or political parties (or a humble blogger) is looking for members of political societies - who's the chair of Red Brick Uni's Conservative Association, who's the secretary of Russell Group Uni' Labour Club - and keeping an eye on who's doing what.

Will photos of drunken antics be the undoing of future politicians? Time will tell.

Embarassing photos are, of course, a favourite of Have I Got News For You and Private Eye. Here's one now...



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