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Facebook's Tracking Feature Draws Protests

September 07, 2006|From Bloomberg News

Facebook, the college friend-finder website that competes with News Corp.'s MySpace, added features that track what users do on the site, prompting protests from users.

The new features show changes that members make to their personal site, such as adding pictures, and automatically alert members of user groups about their activities on Facebook, the Palo Alto-based company said.

In response, more than 265,000 Facebook users have joined a protest group called Students Against Facebook News Feed. The uproar prompted Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to post an e-mail that says the company is "listening to all your suggestions about how to improve the product."

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