5-26-10: Surrender to Facebook!

May 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Monday is “Quit Facebook Day.” As of May 25, over 15,000 people had signed up. Facebook has about 500 million users, so the haters have a long way to go.

What’s everyone so upset about? Well, Facebook has been taking more and more of users’ information that was originally private and making it public. Sometimes even to advertisers. If you want to make it private again, you’ll need to mess around with about 50 different privacy settings.

Nathan Jurgenson is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland College Park. He writes about social media at his own blog and at Sociology Lens. Nathan joins Sheilah to talk about how to navigate — and even subvert — Facebook’s “privacy maze.”

Read Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Washington Post op-ed about privacy.

As usual, The Onion was three years ahead of us on this story.

UPDATE: In reaction to user complaints, today Facebook will unveil a new menu that’s supposed to make privacy settings more simple and intuitive. We’ll see what users have to say.

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