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After the privacy changes were announced, a coalition of public health, youth and consumer groups called on the FTC to block the changes on grounds that they subject teenagers to ad targeting and data collection.
It's not just faceless organizations raising concerns, either, as Facebook privacy issues are also finally trickling down to social media users: A study by University of Vienna researchers found that half of 300 Facebook users that quit the site did so due to privacy concerns. This trend -- which is described slightly melodramatically as committing "virtual identity suicide" -- prompted many to take to social media to express their opinions:
11 million quit facebook. Hoping this is a sign of common sense catching on. http://t.co/Wy1WPjICf8— Daniel Travis Brown (@DanTravisBrown) September 18, 2013
Too much privacy forced to be shown in Facebook. This aquarium scares me.— jessie mo. (@jmonikas) September 18, 2013
I find it astonishing that anybody who might easily develop privacy concerns would be using Facebook in the first place.— Zauberer (@DieZauberer) September 18, 2013
So glad I deleted my Facebook account, there is no privacy anymore even if you think you have turned it to private. Companies can access it— Jord (@_JHeath) September 18, 2013
Courts ruled Facebook "likes" have 1st amendment protection. List of likes would be "metadata", so how do they not have privacy protection?— Sources (@TurnerJoy) September 18, 2013
Facebook privacy concern: Is your profile and photos safe from advertising? Now FTC needs to respond. http://t.co/VOCR2E3oVR— Kijung Park (@KijungIvy_Park) September 14, 2013
In an interview published in The Atlantic earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the company's decision to sue the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for its data collection requests. Zuckerberg said the company wants to "protect" Facebook users, a statement some found laughable given Facebook's recent privacy issues.
And of course, there was a fair share of snarky (albeit funny) comments regarding the Facebook privacy controversy, with many wondering how much discretion Facebook users should expect in the first place:
talking about art on reddit is like talking about privacy on facebook— Fabien Mousse (@fAbMoUs) September 18, 2013
What do you think of the Facebook privacy controversy? Does Facebook go too far in collecting and distributing personal information, or is a lack of privacy to be expected when using social media? Voice your concerns in the comments section. We'd love to hear from you.
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