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Facebook Losing Face

Facebook may be on a roll due to the popular new movie, The Social Network, about its beginning. But that hasn't kept the company from some recent rotten tomatoes. The biggest blast comes from the Wall Street Journal which reports that even when users opted for the highest level of security, private Facebook data was sold to marketers, advertisers and list brokers.

It's bad enough to invade the privacy of someone who never asked for it in the first place. It is far worse, and I dare say criminal, when you invade the privacy of someone who CLEARLY asked for it in the first place.

Facebook argues that the disclosures were not intentional and were the result of a glitch -- a glitch it aims to fix.

Fixing it is fine, but how do you remedy the harm that has already been done? Can we trust all these marketers not to abuse your private info? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com. Have you seen The Social Network? Feel free to share your thoughts on that as well at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/18/2010 at 1:18 PM


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