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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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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.

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