I agree that Facebook and their assault on privacy is somewhat disturbing. I also think that the majority of people are not concerned. People under 20 today assume that everything they do is available to everyone and that’s ok. I know a lot of people with this same attitude. They assume that the government or credit card companies or somebody know all about them anyway, so what’s the big deal.
Most people don’t want their SS# made public, but many things we think of as private are in fact public knowledge. Birth certificates, marriage licenses and sales, such as homes and cars are public records. Someone who does a little research can find out a lot about you even without Facebook making things public.
I am not condoning nor do I agree with their behavior, but I wonder if there will be any major backlash. As you say, if people start leaving in droves, that will be what makes them change.
You are right to say that people under 20 today don’t really care (more like don’t really know enough about Identity theft) about revealing their information for all the reasons you mentioned. But, what about the people that are over 30, 40 and 50 who do care? I don’t have the information available at the moment, but I remember reading that the majority of Facebook users are in their 30s and 40s. Facebook’s attitude reminds me of a bully who says “hey, I am stronger, I owe you, you do what I say”. I really think there will be a boomerang effect to all these new privacy changes, one that will hit Facebook where it hurts the most…its users.
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