Six Facebook Privacy Blunders - Slide 7

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In April 2010, Facebook drew lawmaker scrutiny when it made changes to its privacy controls so that it could share user information with third-party websites unless users opt out of said sharing. Privacy advocates and individuals alike were concerned - and they said so.

Facebook users posted messages about the changes in their status updates to alert friends and explain how to opt out. The Electronic Frontier Foundation went so far as to post instructions on blocking the so-called "automatic personalization" from collecting your information even if your friends allow theirs to be collected.

Facebook maintains all of its changes have been made to improve the experience for its users, and some actually give users more control over their information, but so far, not many seem to be buying that line.

Over the years, Facebook has developed features and made policy changes that have routinely put privacy advocates on the warpath, so much so that blogger Lora Bentley wonders if they don’t pay people to dream up new ways to annoy them.

Despite the privacy concerns, Facebook remains hugely popular and as a company appears set on the path to constantly push the privacy boundary.  A reader from The New York Times summed it up this way:

When will the great analysts of today finally get it? We, the 20-somethings of today, are not that concerned about privacy. Facebook has become a way of life.

This slideshow features some of Facebook’s more spectacular blunders.

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