Facebook faces privacy issues in S. Korea, complaints from Fan Page participants
Privacy is the perpetual thorn in Facebook’s side, and the social media giant is trying to manage a multitude of criticism and public concerns as it reworks its policies.
On Wednesday, Facebook launched a new mobile privacy dashboard, extending the privacy controls it offered on the Web in October to smartphone users. The dashboard lets users see when their applications last accessed their information. It also gives them on-the-go control over that info.
But the company is facing criticism from regulators in South Korea on its overall practices, and Facebook users are complaining on the Web about apparent changes to Fan Page policies.
Frustrated cries of “What the Zuck?” (a reference to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) and rants with the hashtag “#FBPageFail” popped up on Twitter Thursday morning.
"We are aware that there is an issue where some people are unable to comment on posts on Pages," said a spokesman for Facebook. "We're working hard to fix this as quickly as possible."
In one example, a user who set "only friends" as those allowed to comment on the user's Fan Page posts inadvertently blocked administrators from commenting. Some page administrators are asking fans to change their own privacy settings to allow “everyone” to comment on their posts.
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| December 9, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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