Jenna Wortham:

On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.

Not long before, Facebook had introduced changes that essentially forced users to choose between making information about their interests available to anyone or removing it altogether.

Although Facebook quickly moved to close the security hole on Wednesday, the breach heightened a feeling among many users that it was becoming hard to trust the service to protect their personal information.


“I’m not going to quit Facebook, because it’s so ingrained in the culture,” said Ryan Scannell, a 26-year-old food scientist in Chicago. “Facebook is not a private place, I don’t expect it to be. But at the same time, I’d like to control what’s accessible to strangers and what’s accessible to family and friends.”

This hot on the heels of the reasons posted to quite Facebook yesterday. I have all but removed everything I can from Facebook, as I have grown to despise it. The last quote is the real issue though, everyone expects you to be on it. Living without having Facebook is almost like not having an email account.

I started to grow apart from Facebook when they changed their ToS to allow them the right to use your pictures for whatever, which is a bullshit rule for any site to have. Add to it them giving away your personal info to whoever wants to pay for it, and you have a very dangerous system.

Posted by Ben Brooks