Privacy Concerns Cause More Users To Delete Facebook Accounts

If you would like to delete your Facebook, join the crowd. Facebook started a new feature that gave personal details to not only just friends, but the whole internet in April. Individuals appear to be more concerned about Facebook privacy issues and what Facebook is doing with their personal information. Privacy advocates, politicians and web superstars are publicly announcing they are deleting their Facebook accounts.

Individuals deleting Facebook accounts for privacy reasons

Unless they block it manually, personal information is now fair game, so people are deleting their Facebook accounts. Blogger Mat McKeon reports that when Facebook was founded, way back in 2005, it restricted all of the user’s personal information to just their friends and network. Over the past couple of years, the default Facebook privacy settings for a user’s personal details have become as permissive as same day paydayloans. Now anything but your contact data and birthday could be accessed by anyone. Users think it is confusing how Facebook also keeps changing what is classified as personal information.

Make sure to update your Facebook privacy settings

McKeon is not deleting his Facebook account or suggesting anybody else should. He understood Facebook trying to making money off the info that it gets when providing a free service. But he strongly advocates double and triple checking your privacy settings for a personal profile that could be revealing every little thing from where you live to the movies you like and also the people you trust. The Wall Street Journal reports that some high-profile members of the tech community, like Google search-engine guru Matt Cutts and Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas, have announced recently that they were planning on deactivating their Facebook accounts, a step that shuts down but doesn’t delete the Facebook account completely.

How do I delete my Facebook account forever?

Permanently deleting your Facebook account won’t be as simple as a click. It is easy to deactivate your account which will only hide your information temporarily. Apparently, as outlined by wikiHow, finding the “permanent delete” option is much harder.

Facebook privacy issues

A top Google search recently has been “delete Facebook account”. After Facebook’s developer conference a few weeks ago, ABC News reports the latest backlash started brewing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled several different changes he said would make the Web a lot more social and personalized by expanding Facebook’s presence to numerous other sites. On thousands of sites a “social plug-in” will now let users “like” content and see what their Facebook friends have liked, directly from those sites.

Facebook and privacy violations

Facebook now by default gives 3rd party companies access to members’ names, hobbies, and friends lists. When a Facebook user logs onto a site with the Facebook social plug-in, the content displayed is shaped by all of the personal details in their Facebook account, as well as any personal data of their friends. To disable this feature, a manual opt-out is needed.

Facebook privacy advocates

People upset about Facebook privacy policies have legislator on their side. “With great power comes great responsibility, and sites like Facebook have great responsibility,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a news conference a week after Facebook’s announcements. “In my view, it ought to be the user who determines who gets what information, not Facebook.” Schumer asked the Federal Trade Commission to create some guidelines for Facebook and other social networks to follow.

Numerous plan to delete Facebook account forever

Facebook hasn’t been adept at handling its latest public relations problem related to privacy. In a Q and A session with the New York Times this week Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president for public policy, responded to all of the privacy concerns by saying that participating in Facebook is “a choice.” He said “Please don’t share if you’re not comfortable.”. That advice is being taken by many.

Sources for the article

Mat McKeon reports

http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/

Wall Street Journal reports

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/05/14/looking-to-delete-your-facebook-account-youre-not-alone/

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Published on 08/05/2011

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