Facebook privacy concerns

Recently there has been a large backlash from Facebook users due to privacy concerns. Privacy is often a great concern for people using the web, and especially social networking sites. Not being able to easily control what information is kept private turns a lot of people off. IT security firm, Sophos recently surveyed 1,588 facebook users and found that 60% of users were considered quitting facebook as a result of these issues. The results of this survey were:

  • 12% - I don't think it's likely
  • 12% - No
  • 16% - I already have
  • 30% - Highly likely that I will
  • 30% - Possibly

More information can be found on the Sophos blog. In relation to the privacy concerns raised by many, facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has also announced that "We really messed this one up and we did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them. I'd like to try to correct those errors now." Hopefully very soon we will see a simplified method of users being able to control their privacy. If you are concerned about your privacy, your settings are located under your 'Account' tab in the top right corner.

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