Facebook's New Groups Feature Worries Some

Friday Oct 8th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Once again, the social networking site faces a backlash from privacy advocates over changes to its services.

Computerworld: While many applauded Facebook's new Groups feature, others found it troubling. The problem is that people can add their friends to a group without asking. For a prank, someone did just that to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, adding him to a group that appeared to be for an offensive organization.

However, Facebook points out that people who are signed up for groups can easily delete themselves from those groups, which is what Zuckerberg did. "If you have a friend that is adding you to groups you do not want to belong to, or they are behaving in a way that bothers you, you can tell them to stop doing it, block them or remove them as a friend -- and they will no longer ever have the ability to add you to any group," added a Facebook spokesperson. "If you don't trust someone to look out for you when making these types of decisions on the site, we'd suggest that you shouldn't be friends on Facebook."

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