If ‘Halloween’ were updated for the modern age, Jason would have a smartphone to friend his victims on Facebook and then wait for them to post “I’m heading to a creepy cabin with a bunch of friends this weekend!” as a status update. There’s a site making the rounds today that plays with this idea, offering a customized horror movie that stars you and “a lovely Facebook stalker,” in the words of Tim Nudd at Adweek, who (sarcastically) translates the message of the video: “Sharing stuff on Facebook is scary. You could be tracked down and hacked to death by a maniac!”
“Take This Lollipop” asks for access to your Facebook account in order to give you a customized video featuring a crazy-eyed, dirty-fingered man going through your Facebook profile, photos, and location information in order to hunt you down. It’s designed to prey on any Facebook privacy fears you may have, especially if you have a dirty, sweaty ex-boyfriend who resembles the guy in the video. The website got massive traffic thanks to a write-up in the New York Times, but does not currently seem to be working.
A safety reminder, kids: don’t befriend psychos on Facebook!
As a child your parents teach you to never take candy from a stranger. Take This Lollipop is the 21st century re-imagination of that conversation, reminding consumers why privacy should be a concern. And, perhaps, why you should never trust virtual strangers.
Featuring actor Bill Oberst Jr., the sinister commentary on Facebook privacy was filmed in Los Angeles by Jason Zada.
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4obWARnZeAs