Facebook faces privacy issues

Posted on Saturday, September 09 2006 @ 21:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The college friendfinder Facebook is encountering rising opposition from its members to new features that track changes made to profile pages:
The number of members who have joined ``Students Against Facebook News Feed'' doubled to more than 500,000 within one day. The group was created Sept. 5 to protest tools that automatically alert a member's contacts to any alterations made to their personal Facebook site, such as adding pictures.

The protest group, created by Ben Parr at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, is asking Facebook to either take down the new tools or add an option that lets users remove them themselves. The uproar prompted Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook while at Harvard University, to post a note on Sept. 5 telling users that the closely held company is ``listening to all your suggestions about how to improve the product.''

``The debate is still ongoing,'' said Graham Webster, associate editor at CampusProgress.org, an online magazine published by the Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress. ``It is increasing the awareness among students about what they are posting online.''
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