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Fake Dating Site Mines Profile Pictures

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

February 4, 2011

The world's largest social networking site is "not amused" that two artists gathered public profiles of more than a million of its users to create a fake dating Web site, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Users can search based on nationality, traits like 'easy going' and gender or can simply enter a name and see if they're in the database. When users click a result to 'arrange a date,' they're taken to the person's public Facebook profile," the report states. The site mined the profile data without Facebook's permission, the report states, and the company plans to "take appropriate action."
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