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Entrepreneur Deletes Social Networking Data to Avoid Lawsuit

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

April 7, 2010

A Colorado entrepreneur has destroyed a database reflecting regional patterns among 210 million Facebook users after the company threatened to sue him for allegedly misusing the social networking site. Pete Warden says he gathered the data to share with researchers, while Facebook contends he did so without the company's permission, violating the rules of the site, the Associated Press reports. Warden started compiling the data while developing a search engine, the report states, and while he was not convinced his actions were against the law, he deleted the database because "he couldn't afford to fight a lawsuit."
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