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Facebook Hunkers Down While Users Open Up

SOCIAL NETWORKING

May 21, 2010

The backlash to recent changes by Facebook to make more public users' profiles has resulted in all-hands and closed-door meetings at the company's headquarters, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking into how social networks use members' data and European regulators are calling on the company to address what they describe as "unacceptable" practices. "The company can't afford not to act" the report states. But one blogger asserts that the privacy concerns are overblown, saying that "FB is a publishing function" and users give up privacy in order to use it. "If you think it's a problem," writes Mark Cuban, "deactivate your account." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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