Facebook: Your SECRETS Are Safe!
Furious about a perceived injustice, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) users have been taking to the social network this week to decry the sharing of their private data with the government. The rumor that Facebook’s new status as a publicly-traded company is putting users’ privacy at risk has given way to a tersely-worded notice that has been posted on thousands of user profiles: “The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law,” reads one version of the notice.
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The reaction reflects just how much Facebook users value their privacy — which has certainly been tampered with over the years by Facebook itself — but there’s one major flaw in their argument: it’s fundamentally based on an untruth.
“To be clear — anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared,” the statement continued. “That is our policy, and it always has been.” In its policies, Facebook says it won’t share any personal information without being given permission, giving you notice, or removing your name or other identifying information from the data.
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