Cool Facebook stories for May 20
Well, it seems all this complaining about Facebook’s laissez faire attitude toward its users’ privacy has finally gotten their attention. According to published reports, the company called an “all hands meeting” to discuss the controversy last week. And what has come of that meeting? Apparently a lot of soul searching, renting of garments, and gnashing of teeth, per a report in the Wall Street Journal. But otherwise, a whole lot of nothing.
So leave it to some clever entrepreneurs to do what Facebook has so far refused to do: Put back the privacy protections Facebook just took away. And they do it in an ingeniously simple way.
Is the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” campaign on Facebook a celebration of freedom of speech, or a thinly-veiled attempt to offend Muslims? Whatever your take, the latest Facebook fracas certainly has generated a firestorm of controversy and quickly grown into an international incident. On Wednesday a court in Pakistan ordered the government to force that nation’s Internet service providers to block access to Facebook, the most popular social networking site in the world, and one with a large following in the mostly Islamic nation.
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- Pakistan Blocks Facebook Over Everybody Draw Mohammed Day (outsidethebeltway.com)