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Facebook to Redeploy Sharing Feature

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March 1, 2011

As Facebook plans to reactivate a feature that would allow third-party applications to request contact information from users, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) says he is not satisfied with the company's response to his inquiry about such features, CNET News reports. After Markey and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) last month wrote to the company about privacy concerns, Facebook suspended the feature temporarily. It now says it will redeploy the feature alongside enhanced "user controls." Responding to Markey's concerns about third-party access to minors' contact information, a Facebook spokesman said children under 13 are prohibited from using the site and that it is "actively considering" whether third parties may request information from anyone under 18.
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