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From: borzwa (Rep: 30)Date: 05/23/2010 16:45
Forum: Wall Street Pit - Msg #1947285Thread #672994008 (Rec: 1)
A cottage industry of programmers have taken to exposing Facebook privacy issues. A site called searches the public status updates of users, which have grown since Facebook began recommending users make their status updates public late last year.

Any person, even someone without a Facebook account, can easily conduct searches with the tool and bring up users' public photos and names along with what they wrote—a little-known feature within Facebook. The tool is based on technology that Facebook released to developers so third-parties can incorporate content from Facebook for their websites.

What is Openbook?

Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API. Facebook exposed this service on April 21st, 2010.

Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.

If you have questions, or are a media person, you can email Will and Peter at:

This website is a parody, and has no relationship to Facebook.

What has Facebook done wrong?

Facebook has made two clear mistakes here. First, they do not do a good job of indicating how public each piece of information you share on the site will be.

Second, they change the rules far too often. If you understood Facebook's privacy settings two years ago (or even six months ago) that information would be worse than useless with today's bewildering settings.

Do I need to be logged into Facebook?

No! Anybody can search, even if they don't have a Facebook account. However, if you are logged into your Facebook account, you'll see full profile pages when you click on a user.

What should I do with my Facebook account? has an excellent tool that will show you what is public about your profile, and makes it very simple and easy to secure your privacy settings.

Many people feel that Facebook has violated their trust, and are pledging to delete their accounts on May 31st.

Are people really deleting their Facebook accounts?

It looks that way. The search term delete facebook account is becoming more popular on Google.

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