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Maybe Facebook does care about privacy after all

Facebook dominates the social networking landscape with a huge lead over rival MySpace in the U.S. and other markets. The company has started to feel the heat of its success though with more of a demand to turn a profit for the huge amount of users and traffic the social network generates. The big problem for users of Facebook is that to generate money, Facebook wants to share more of their private information with third-parties.

Apparently, the pressure to give privacy of Facebook users more though has been heavy on the shoulders of Facebook. The social network has now reportedly called an all hands meeting with the sole topic being privacy. 
All Facebook reports that the meeting is set to happen at 4pm today and the topic will be the overall privacy practices of the company.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has famously stated in the past that internet users don’t have the same expectation of privacy today as they used to. This lead to reports that claimed Zuckerberg didn’t care about privacy. The privacy concern was so disturbing for many users that Senator Charles Schumer got involved and sent a letter to Facebook asking it to redo its privacy policy and threatened to introduce legislation if privacy was not addressed.

There are no official details about topics at the meeting, but the much-debated "Instant Personalization" feature is sure to be on the schedule at the meeting. This feature drew the ire of Schumer for sharing information with third parties without getting the express permission of the user. That is far from the only feature of Facebook that has raised privacy concerns for millions of Facebook users and privacy advocates. Hopefully more details will emerge after the meeting as Facebook looks to regain some of its lost luster with users.

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Thanks DailyTech
By DtTall on 5/13/2010 9:40:58 AM , Rating: 5
Maybe Facebook does care about privacy after all

I needed a good laugh this morning. You came through in a big way.

Facebook privacy over time:

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By amanojaku on 5/13/2010 9:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
Facebook, and by Facebook I mean Mark Zuckerberg, doesn't care about privacy. It cares about its bottom line. It doesn't want to become the next MySpace; a lack of security is one of the reasons for MySpace's downfall, and there are plenty of sites ready to be the next MyFace.

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By ttowntom on 5/13/2010 10:16:37 AM , Rating: 2
All companies care about the bottom line. All companies SHOULD care about the bottom line. The ones that forget that, go out of business fast.

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By amanojaku on 5/13/2010 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
That's one of the most banal statements you could have made. Of course a company needs to worry about its bottom line: you need cash to stay in business. Facebook has been more concerned with making money than protecting the reason it gets money in the first place: the users who log in every day.

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By wrekd on 5/13/2010 12:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah! FaceCrook wants contol of your soul, so it can patent it.

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By The Raven on 5/13/2010 10:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the link. If that is accurate, it is a very handy display. I will post on my FB profile next to this classic:

RE: Thanks DailyTech
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: Thanks DailyTech
By rcc on 5/13/2010 5:26:15 PM , Rating: 1
While I sort of agree, part of the problem is, again, one of the draws. Someone else can post a picture of you that you aren't aware of, something fun like you with your head in a toilet bowl after that last drinking bout, tag it to you, and suddenly it shows up on your page for your family to see.

So, by and large I agree, if you don't want it seen, just don't put it up. But that's not a guarantee of safety on Facebook.

By Chiisuchianu on 5/13/2010 9:40:07 AM , Rating: 3
They need to remove how your friends list shows up on the front page the account when it's private.

Speaking of privacy...
By MrBlastman on 5/13/2010 9:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like this isn't going to be a private meeting about privacy...

Oh Facebook, oh how I see no use for thee.
Thy sweet imagery, how it makes some titillate with glee.

Thine own book, pages of naught.
To shine your own light, I struggle to see what you have brought.

A like, a dislike,
It sure can be quite the plight.

Sometimes they agree, sometimes they don't.
Some might get in quite a tizzy, I know I won't.

Oh, what's that? You've got a farm to make?
Such a shame, I'd rather go on a date.

One thing is for sure, hither you should heed,
I'd rather make a call than sit there and read.

By The Raven on 5/13/2010 9:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
Why do you post about something that hasn't even happened yet?
I know news outlets do this all the time, but it seems a bit ridiculous because there is hardly ever any new info.

If it was a forum that I could join in on then I think this might be warranted. But there is no reason for us to be reading this. Besides, FB is in the headlines of too many posts on DT as it is.

If you don't know about the privacy risks by now, you need to read more (either the news as it has been reported to this point or just read the dang terms of FB).

But announcing that there will be news later is lame. They did this with Tiger, they do this with the Prez, and I don't see it ending. So to all you news outlets out there: If you don't have any NEWS then STFU. What's the point of taking the time to write this (and me read it) when the real news will be reported on after the dang blasted meeting.

This is not directed personally at you Shane, but is meant as a blanket statement to the greater media. I know this sort of thing is customary in our society, but I just have to rant.

I'll take my rate down now, because I just wasted even more time writing this and other peoples time who have to read my crap to see if I have anything of value to say.

About time
By JimboK29 on 5/13/2010 12:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the pressure from New York Times, Threatcore News, WSJ and PC World is getting to them. People are waking up.

In other news
By Danger D on 5/17/2010 10:19:58 AM , Rating: 2
BP is holding an environmental sustainability meeting later today.

Dot-com Bubble 2.0
By reader1 on 5/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: Dot-com Bubble 2.0
By vapore0n on 5/13/2010 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
The web was actually designed for porn.
It's that Al Gore cant really say the truth about it. Would make him look bad, and people wouldn't believe him about global warming.

RE: Dot-com Bubble 2.0
By callmeroy on 5/13/2010 3:33:29 PM , Rating: 1
You a friggin' idiot if you honestly believe that.

there's really nothing more I can say if you are that dumb.

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