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Facebook: Over 500 million

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 30, 2010

According to a recent Facebook blog post, its user-base has grown to over 500 million. That is shocking, especially considering that it’s one quarter of users on the internet (~2 billion, total).

I simply cannot understand why in the world anyone would sign up for a Facebook account, after the site has been nailed by dozens of privacy issues. Here’s another one that just happened:

Privacy concerns swirled around Facebook again after an employee of a firm called Skull Security compiled and released personal data on more than 100 million Facebook users, about a fifth of the site’s membership.

The computer file, released Wednesday, contained publicly accessible information, which included peoples’ names and profile addresses. It raised new privacy issues.

This means that the computer file mentioned above has personal information about 1 in 20 people that browse the internet. (Facebook has data of 1 in 4 users, the file has data of 1 in 5 users of Facebook).

After reading this, I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would create and use a Facebook account.

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2 Responses to “Facebook: Over 500 million”

  1. Maggie said

    The main reason I stick with Facebook is to keep in touch with my daughter and other family mambers who live far away.

    • The main reason I stick with Facebook is to keep in touch with my daughter and other family mambers who live far away.
      As do many other people; however, I would consider email much more safe, and has the same effectiveness. If you continue to use Facebook, I hope that you (and others) control your privacy settings well… Hm… Maybe later I’ll do a post on that 🙂

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