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Facebook Adopts New Privacy Policy

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 08 Sep 2006 13:00:26 -0500

Fast-growing U.S. social network Web site Facebook said on Friday it
has adopted new privacy controls following an unprecedented online
backlash over a new feature that let users track their friends online.

Facebook, which has about 9.5 million members comprised mostly of
students, said it now will let users control what and how much
information is shared about their activities on the network.

Earlier this week, the site introduced new features called "News Feed"
and "Mini-Feed" that instantly notified users of their friends'
activities on the network, including who they contacted and how they
changed their profiles, which ignited a protest backed by more than
600,000 members.

"These additional privacy features put control of who sees what
information in News Feed and Mini-Feed directly in the hands of our
users, just as they requested," Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief
executive of Facebook, said in a statement.

The new privacy controls now let users block information on the News
Feed and Mini-Feed features, as well as a setting to remove the
time-stamp of postings.

Facebook, the No. 2 social network behind News Corp.'s,
had been lauded for its privacy protections until the new features
were announced.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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