Facebook Distributing More Private Info?

Here’s a somewhat interesting Facebook hoax. It’s interesting because it’s founded in truth, but it’s such a misinterpretation of the truth that it’s absolutely ridiculous.

WARNING!!!FB IS MESSING AROUND AGAIN!!! Go to the top right of your screen, clickAccount & then click Edit Friends. Go to the left sideof your screen and click Phonebook. Everyone’s phone # is being published. Please repost to let your friends know of this change in security

First things first. Can you really find your friends’ phone numbers by following these directions? Absolutely. What do you think the phonebook application is for?

Now let’s move into murkier waters. Does this mean that Facebook is “messing around again.” No, not at all. You choose what information to put on your Facebook profile. Personally, I don’t list my phone number. If someone needs my number, then they can IM  or email me. Then I’ll give it to them. Assuming, that is, that I know and like them.

Facebook is just making it easy for members to find information about their friends. If this was information from other sources, then I would certainly call this a breach of trust, if not breach of security. Seeing as how FB is only distributing the information that YOU provided to the people who you have acknowledged as YOUR FRIENDS, I don’t think it’s fair to criticize them on this issue.

There’s enough stuff to worry about regarding Facebook. This isn’t one of them. Anyone trying to drum up worry is just perpetuating a fraud.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on June 30, 2010.

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