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May 14th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Facebook's privacy troubles

(CNN) – Concerns over Facebook's new privacy policy and the online social network's recent efforts to spread its information across the Web have led some of the site's faithful to delete their accounts - or at least try to.

On Wednesday's episode of a podcast called This Week in Technology, host Leo Laporte, a well-known tech pundit, said he had to search wikiHow, a how-to site, to figure out how to delete his Facebook account permanently.

After finding the delete button, which he said is hidden deep within the site's menus, Laporte proceeded to delete his account during the online broadcast.

"That's it. It's gone," he said during the show. "And I think that's the right thing to do."

It's unclear how many people have chosen to delete their Facebook accounts in recent weeks. The popular social network doesn't publish statistics on how many people quit the site. Read more


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  1. jl

    Those "fixes" are really designed to secure Facebook's franchise on your data!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  2. rzzz

    I'm sure there are people on Facebook that "want to see their names and pictures on the net." I suppose that's why Richard Miller of Montana originally joined. But it's also for social networking. Through Facebook I've been able to keep in touch with a niece who is traveling overseas. I've also located people I haven't talked to in 10-20 years. If you think what you post to anything on the internet is "private," then you're naive.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  3. richard miller in montana

    I deleted my account two months ago due to things being posted to my site that I had no control over and they would not help fix the problem. Facebook was created for people that like seeing their names and pictures on the net and they don't realize the damage that they are leaving themselves open to.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  4. bailoutsos

    Zuckerberg will stay up nights worried about comments on CNN boards or user's privacy concerns. After he cashes the $40 BILLION check, only then he will have peace.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  5. Garrison

    Sometimes I agree with certain protesters that say that Facebook is a distraction. Also I see their point of view when they say that it is unsafe. May I remind people in general that Facebook was created to keep people in touch with one another. I must say this however, one must embrace change. Technological change is inevitable and unavoidable. You try and stop it... well you might as well die.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm |