Last week’s five million articles on Facebook’s icky privacy settings are reminding me of a post I wrote back in December on the subject, the point of which being, if you want privacy at some point you’ll have to pay for it. The reason is this: social networking sites that run on ad revenue lose money through walled gardens, so at a certain point it’s unreasonable to ask websites to lump a cost on a free service just because it’s something you’d like. Aside from the stories outlining CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s frighteningly assholian IMs when he founded the company, what’s icky about Facebook are policies that tell users they’re being given privacy when they aren’t, rather than just charging for it. A little more transparency from this company wouldn’t be a bad idea.
You Want Privacy on Facebook? Pay For It.
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