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MoveOn has a petition page on facebook to stop instant personalization

Facebook has found itself in hot water over the last few months with very public changes to its privacy policy that would result in more of a user's personal information being shared with third-party websites. The backtracking on privacy for users of the site has raised the ire of more than one consumer watchdog group and some Senators as well.

Senator Schumer sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg raising concerns about the new security settings the site is adopting that allows access to personal information about users by third parties. Schumer is now being joined by the EFF and in protesting the instant personalization feature that Facebook launched. has posted a Facebook Group page titled "Facebook Respect my Privacy." The petition page seeks to get users to sign in protest to the new privacy settings. This sort of petition in the past has had success in getting Facebook to back track on proposed changes to privacy settings. The MoveOn petition before was against the Facebook "Beacon" social advertising program. Facebook opted to cancel the service before it was implemented in the face of more than 50,000 signatures to the petition.

The uproar over the new privacy settings has to do with the instant personalization tool Facebook has launched. Instant personalization is a tool that allows third-party websites to pull public information from Facebook and display it on their website to personalize the page. This information can include things like profile pictures and much more.

The EFF is also coming down against the instant personalization service with senior attorney Kurt Opsahl stating, "When it [Facebook] started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice. Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default. Today, it has become a platform where you have no choice but to make certain information public, and this public information may be shared by Facebook with its partner websites and used to target ads."

The instant personalization program is still in beta status.

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I'm torn
By troysavary on 5/3/2010 12:11:23 PM , Rating: 4
I despise Facebook, but I hate MoveOn even more, so anything that pisses them off is a plus.

RE: I'm torn
By MrBlastman on 5/3/2010 12:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
I really don't how MoveOn is qualified to make any protest of Facebook. I mean, both are useless in their own right--that is, Facebook and MoveOn, but really, they should stick to just politics and keep out of the technology sector altogether.

RE: I'm torn
By room200 on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: I'm torn
By troysavary on 5/3/2010 2:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
No, I hate them for the outright lies they tell to push their agenda. I hate them for trying to paint someone as racist for not agreeing with Obama's policies.

RE: I'm torn
By room200 on 5/3/2010 3:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
No, nobody is painting anyone as a racist because they disagree with Obama's policies. A lot of gay people disagree with Obama's stand on gay marriage. Nobody is calling THEM racists. That's the simplistic nonsense people use when they refuse to think deeply about the issues at hand, and it means nothing. Cite one case where move has accused someone of racism BECAUSE they disagree with Obama's policies. People are accused of racism when they employ racist tactics to get their messages across.

RE: I'm torn
By Reclaimer77 on 5/3/2010 4:03:29 PM , Rating: 5
A lot of gay people disagree with Obama's stand on gay marriage. Nobody is calling THEM racists.

Because THAT would be "homophobic". I see you don't quite understand political correctness yet.

RE: I'm torn
By room200 on 5/3/2010 11:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
How does it feel to live in that cloud of blissful ignorance never having to think for yourself?

RE: I'm torn
By troysavary on 5/3/2010 6:53:39 PM , Rating: 3
Where have you been? Obama's "blackness" (which is funny, since he is half white and part Arab as well, along with being raised by his white grandmother) is brought up by his supporters all the time, and his detractors are accused of racism constantly. Just look at coverage of Tea Party events. Almost every mainstream media coverage of the events likened them to Klan rallies. Pelosi herself compared the healthcare protesters to Nazis. The race card gets played more than aces in a crooked poker game.

RE: I'm torn
By room200 on 5/4/2010 12:01:28 AM , Rating: 2
Part Arab? OMG. So which is it? Obama is a raging racist christian who puts faith in Jeremiah Wright, or Obama is a Muslim who hates America? You can't possibly be that nuts? Furthermore, you can't possibly believe that those teaparties are a front for anything except "Hey that n*gger is in the white house and we want our country back!" We spent 8 years as Bush systematically trampled on civil liberties without regard for the constitution, yet none of these teaparty idiots said a word. If you are middle class, you are now paying less in taxes now than the past forty years, but NOW with THIS president, these rabid nuts are concerned about taxes? You can't so stupid to not see what's going on. But you know the truth, you're just selective about what you choose to see and you wrap it up in that tired "playing the race card" nonsense.

RE: I'm torn
By MrBlastman on 5/4/2010 7:57:24 AM , Rating: 5
Race has nothing to do with it.

What everyone is upset about is Obama is a worthless sack of crap, that is all. All you have to do is watch one of his speeches--it is like he is a programmed automaton. His head movements are rhythmic, sweeping side to side, pausing momentarily to gaze out into eternity with his nose slightly cocked high, only to begin his repasse within a second or two. He never actually looks at anyone, nor does he look at America.

I call that fiendish, with an air of "I'm a phoney, but, I'm better than all of you and dare not look you in the eyes." Reagan would actually look Americans in the eyes and sat level with them. He'd level with us in an honest way. We get none of that from Obama, ever. All we get is hogwash and soup that is steamed into our noses and ears with hopes that the "flavor enhanced message" titillates our perceptual senses enough to override our logic.

Bush was a stale turd. He stunk. He stunk worse than Obama in some ways and not as much as others. I can not--wait, "yes I can" ;), believe that you actually think he is better. He's not. He's no better than the last two sacks of crap we've had in Office--Clinton and Bush.

Complacency leads to a lowering of standards. We as Americans, well, those who voted for these baffoons (McCain or Obama), have all lowered ours. It is sad, but this is the reality of it all.

Just yesterday I saw something quite humorous on CNN--the anchor was stating: "Flood in Memphis, oil slick in the Gulf, this just might be the true test for Obama's administration."

I chuckled, grinned, then frowned after that. It made me slightly ill that so many have forgotten so soon what we went through in the prior administration. Almost three thousand people died in the twin towers, we fought two wars (one of which was unneccesary), we had Enron, Worldcom, Katrina, the Stock Market crash of '08 (due to political bickering and partisan siding in Washington), and yet, for some reason, it all has been forgotten and now an oil spill and a flood are far worse than what happened before.

Standards? Yes, they've been lowered again and the Eagle laments and weeps even as I print this electronic text onto the global ethos.

RE: I'm torn
By FITCamaro on 5/4/2010 9:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
I use Facebook, but anything that pisses off pleases me.

That said, I'd delete my page if they start sharing my photos.

I don't understand...
By flyingrooster on 5/3/2010 12:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
If people don't like the Facebook policies, why do they keep their accounts? If you want them to change, start a mass exodus. Petitions aren't going to do anything if you make facebook groups saying how much you don't like it but stay anyways.

RE: I don't understand...
By Motoman on 5/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: I don't understand...
By The Raven on 5/3/2010 2:12:11 PM , Rating: 3
1. The VAST majority of people who use such services can't be bothered to even check what the policies are.

Then they should pay for it. Stupid should hurt. I have a FB account and publish only info/content that I care to share. I HAVE read the privacy policy/terms of use and the only problem with them is they keep changing. Partly because of FB trying to make more money and partially because people keep complaining about FB.

I have no allegience to FB but they make a pretty good product for what they are doing. If you don't like that, then go elsewhere.

My biggest complaint is that FB is turning into Twitter for my more egocentric friends. I want to hide their comments, but them it is "the boy who cried 'wolf'" all over again.

RE: I don't understand...
By snakeInTheGrass on 5/3/2010 3:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
You may think you're only sharing what you want to, but when your friends start seeing 'The Raven recently read this article on CNN too.' or similar messages at the bottom of pages, you'll notice they're collecting and sharing a lot more than YOU actually chose to share.

I think - if I understood what they're saying - that the 3rd party sites don't actually get the data - that it's coming from Facebook's servers directly. The problem is that's not the issue - the issue is that I have no interest in sharing what news I browse, what DailyTech articles I find interesting and really don't think it's my business what my friends read unless they want to explicitly share that with me. This latest 'personalization' and 'like' crap just showed up and good luck opting out effectively.

Haven't tried to see if 'private browsing' mode is the answer - and people thought that was just for porn! :/

RE: I don't understand...
By fic2 on 5/3/2010 1:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
Or just put fake data up. Among other things I never use my real birthday for any of these sites.

RE: I don't understand...
By Anoxanmore on 5/3/2010 4:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly you are the only one in the world with that date of birth.

*rolls eyes*

RE: I don't understand...
By OUits on 5/3/2010 4:51:52 PM , Rating: 3
Before you go rolling your eyes.

You'd be very surprised how unique a DOB combined with sex and/or zip code can be.

lol wut?
By zmatt on 5/3/2010 2:16:38 PM , Rating: 1
Anyone else think it's ironic how people are making facebook groups to protest things facebook is doing? Before I just considered those groups as a way for lazy kids to pretend they cared about big issues without actually getting involved, but this is ridiculous.

RE: lol wut?
By invidious on 5/3/2010 3:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
It is a way to raise awareness. I can't think of a better way to raise awareness of something than through the thing itself. 100% of the people who see it are your target audience.

Its not ironic, its logical.

RE: lol wut?
By magneticfield on 5/4/2010 5:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
Why do we need to rise awareness about something obvious in the first place?
We live in a such dumb society these days, awareness need to be risen for us. We first could not think for ourselves and we needed authority to guide our decisions. Now we are unaware and also we don't trust the authority no more (I mean science).

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