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Will Privacy Concerns Drive Users Away from Facebook?

SOCIAL NETWORKING

May 26, 2010

Despite criticism over the way Facebook handles personal information, users are flocking to the world's largest social networking site, Businessweek reports. As of last month, Facebook had more than 519 million users, the report states, up from the 411 million it had eight months ago. Meanwhile, an online survey of more than 5,000 Mashable readers offered a different perspective, with about 30 percent indicating that due to concerns about the way the site handles personal information, they plan to leave Facebook. Despite those concerns, analyst Augie Ray of Forrester Research suggests, "I don't think we're going see an immediate and large migration away from Facebook. There isn't a real clear alternative for people to do the sorts of sharing that they've really come to expect and enjoy."
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