Facebook Settles With FTC

Nov 30, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A complaint was recently filed by the FTC against Mark Zuckerberg's popular networking site, Facebook.

A privacy complaint that was filed by the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook was recently settled by the social networking company.

The FTC alleged Facebook made private information public on the social networking site. The complaint stated that Facebook repeatedly deceived users into thinking information on their pages could be changed to private settings, but allowed the information to be shared among users and made public.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the concerns of the website's users and the FTC by admitting the company had made a lot of mistakes and wanted to remain transparent with users.

In a blog post, Zuckerberg said, “I also understand that many people are just naturally skeptical of what it means for hundreds of millions of people to share so much personal information online, especially using any one service.”

The FTC complaint originated from Facebook changing its website in December 2009, when certain information that was set to be private was made public, including friends lists, without warning.

Facebook has more than 800 million active users with more than 50 percent of active users logging on in any given day, according to statistics posted on the site.