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Facebook has been in the hot seat this past week over claims that the social network has been letting third-party advertisers post people’s photos without permission, causing a flurry of conversation among confused users on both its site and Twitter. The buzz caught Facebook’s eye and […]

facebook-logo Facebook has been in the hot seat this past week over claims that the social network has been letting third-party advertisers post people’s photos without permission, causing a flurry of conversation among confused users on both its site and Twitter. The buzz caught Facebook’s eye and prompted the company to put up a blog post this afternoon. According to Facebook:

The advertisements that started these rumors were not from Facebook but placed within applications by third parties. Those ads violated our policies by misusing profile photos, and we already required the removal of those deceptive ads from third-party applications before this rumor began spreading.

The post also went on to note how Facebook had banned two advertising networks that violated the social network’s advertising policies. Indeed, after Beacon, Facebook needs to be extra vigilant about addressing the privacy concerns of its users.

  1. This is great news report regarding Facebook. I know that they will get it working right in no time.
    Privacy might of went out of hand, I know that they will do a good clean up. Everything will fall
    into the right order. I love being a Facebook, they all kinds of fun activities, and good place to also
    meet lots of friends.

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  2. Facebook’s main problem is its CEO. Facebook needs a matured and experienced man to take the helm, not that young boy any more. If it continues with Zuckerberg, Facebook will be always begging for money, may be next time from Mafia :-).

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  3. [...] Facebook Goes on the Record About Ad Claims [...]

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  4. The word rumor appears twice in the Facebook quote. The word rumor doesn’t mean whatever it is that Facebook thinks it means. What happened was a fact, not a rumor. People actually had their profile photos appear in ads (dating ads) within Facebook.

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  5. [...] and profile pictures, the company said in a blog post. Facebook’s actions were spurred by recent claims from its users that the social network was letting advertisers post pictures of them without their [...]

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  6. [...] also declined to comment on which ad networks it has approved or disapproved so far. (Two ad networks have confirmed that they were banned, but that was before the ad guidelines were updated.) Being tight-lipped about its process is a [...]

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  7. [...] Facebook Goes on the Record About Ad Claims (gigaom.com) [...]

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