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Six Facebook Privacy Blunders

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    In October 2010, privacy advocates became concerned about Facebook’s revamped Groups service. Once again the problem stemmed from the auto opt-in that was set as the default for Facebook Groups. Users could add their friends to groups without their friends' knowledge, let alone their permission. Take for example the prank TechCrunch's Michael Arrington played on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Because Zuckerberg is Arrington's Facebook friend, Arrington was able to add Zuckerberg to a North American Man/Boy Love Association group without giving Zuckerberg a heads-up first.

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Six Facebook Privacy Blunders

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    In October 2010, privacy advocates became concerned about Facebook’s revamped Groups service. Once again the problem stemmed from the auto opt-in that was set as the default for Facebook Groups. Users could add their friends to groups without their friends' knowledge, let alone their permission. Take for example the prank TechCrunch's Michael Arrington played on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Because Zuckerberg is Arrington's Facebook friend, Arrington was able to add Zuckerberg to a North American Man/Boy Love Association group without giving Zuckerberg a heads-up first.

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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