Facebook privacy: Friend lists not public, after all(Read article summary)
Perhaps the major point of contention from the Facebook privacy changes rolled out this week has been resolved.
If this all seems a little too, oh, inside-Facebook, it's because, well, it is. But there's a very vocal minority of Facebook users who take their presence and experience on the site very seriously. This time they got results, but they usually just get over it.
Remember in October when Facebook tweaked its news feed, dividing it into the Live Feed and News Feed sections? Users complained in droves, starting groups protesting the changes, and begged for the site to revert to its old ways.
The last major Facebook about-face occurred in February, when the site's feet were held to the fire over changes made to its Terms of Service. At issue then was whether the site had the right to keep a user's data once his or her profile had been deleted. After an outburst of boos, Zuckerberg and co. retreated, urging discussion which eventually gave way to a Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
The inevitable surge of ornery Facebook users after a change is so predictable that last time around a few pranksters turned it into a punchline, starting a group called “I AUTOMATICALLY HATE THE NEW FACEBOOK HOME PAGE." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reportedly joined.
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