Friday, May 07, 2010

Facebook Glitch Sparks Privacy Worries

SHOOT: I recently lost my entire Facebook account. Not sure if it was because I accessed my account via someone elses phone [was disabled around about the time I did that] or due to some other mischief-making. But having lost it - and the 800 or so friends, plus a photography page - you realise what a useful, important and necessary tool it is. I've started a new account from scratch, which isn't easy. On the plus side I don't have a FB inbox crammed full of daily spam. In fact so far there isn't any.
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For many users of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, it was just the latest in a string of frustrations.

On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.

Not long before, Facebook had introduced changes that essentially forced users to choose between making information about their interests available to anyone or removing it altogether.

Although Facebook quickly moved to close the security hole on Wednesday, the breach heightened a feeling among many users that it was becoming hard to trust the service to protect their personal information.

“Facebook has become more scary than fun,” said Jeffrey P. Ament, 35, a government contractor who lives in Rockville, Md.

Facebook said it did not think the security hole, which was open a few hours, would have a lasting impact on the company’s reputation.

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