Privacy Concerns Prompting "Facebook Suicides"
SOCIAL NETWORKINGMay 14, 2010
If online searches are any indicator, there is a growing movement afoot to cut ties with the world's most popular social networking site over its controversial privacy changes. That is the focus of a report in The Montreal Gazette that points to Google Canada's recent reports that "the top online search related to 'Facebook account' is 'delete Facebook,' while the fastest-rising related query is 'deactivate Facebook account,' up 40 percent over the past 90 days." According to Amy Muise of the University of Guelph, who received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to study the site, "To be on Facebook, and use it for what it's good for, you do have to risk your privacy. And we're starting to see a backlash over that."