Facebook loses friends over privacy settings

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New York, May 15 (ANI): Recent privacy changes have prompted some Facebook users to logout for good.

"It doesn't feel like Facebook is on the side of its users," said Peter Rojas, a well-known blogger who created Web sites like Gizmodo and gdgt.com. "They're playing fast and loose with privacy settings."

Rojas isn't the only one. Matt Cutts, head of the Web spam team at Google, and Cory Doctorow, co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing, have also bid adieu to the social networking site.

In a Twitter post, Doctorow blamed a slew of recent privacy changes - and Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg - for his decision to leave the site, reports The New York Daily News.Never made use of Facebook, but privacy awfulness from Zuckerberg has prompted me to delete acct," he wrote.

What's more, "delete Facebook account" was among the top 20 trending searches on Google Friday.

New default privacy settings on Facebook put more of users' information out there for the whole world to see.

Also, data on Facebook profile is now being shared with "partner sites" like Yelp, Microsoft, Pandora and more. These companies can use profile information to target advertising, as well as to understand what demographics are using or talking about their products.

Zuckerberg recently said in a statement, "The privacy and security of our users' information is of paramount importance to us." (ANI)

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