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In the past year, Facebook has transformed itself from a 'social networking' site to a 'we'll now use ALL your info to sell to third parties' website.

I like the idea of social networking, but this is no longer Facebook's mainstay. Social networking is now strictly a subterfuge to garner all your private information.

I invite all my friends to seriously consider the true nature of the "New" Facebook.

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Comment by TNT666 on May 26, 2010 at 2:21am
my issue with the "new" Facebook is not the mere 'harvesting' of information, they have always been doing that.

No my issue with the 'new' Facebook is that their entire focus has changed, from a semi private venue to share information freely among friends to a pure exchange of information, without privacy controls, between users and commerce, where the 'friendship' aspect is merely an excuse for the commercial objectives.

If they had started 5 years ago with that outlook, no one would have joined. The main privacy controls remaining are regarding posting, photos, contact info. Most areas of 'interest' likes and dislikes, directly interconnected with the the global internet, are not under privacy control. Earlier last year, the first item to be left out of privacy controls was the 'fan pages', now the loss of privacy control has come to dominate Facebook.

No, Facebook is but a mere shadow of what it aimed to become when it started up.
Comment by Stephen Moore on May 26, 2010 at 1:44am
Facebook is a free service that is very expensive to provide. I've no problem with Facebook harvesting my usage data to sell to advertisers so they can make enough money to pay for the service so that it remains free to the user.

Quit Facebook Day is just the outrage du jour. Much ado about nothing.

Certainly one ought be concerned about privacy, and the recent critiques of Facebook's changes in their Privacy Policy are somewhat warranted. But rather rely on Facebook, or any social networking or other site on the internet, to protect and maintain your privacy, maintain it yourself. The privacy features on Facebook, though complex, are quite refined. Take the time to go through it and you can limit a great deal of information that not only becomes public but that Facebook can use.

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