Facebook drops controversial ad service

Will other social networking sites with similar programs discontinue them as well?

“The settlement means Beacon will close and $9.5 million will go to a foundation to fight for online privacy and security. The company is obviously relieved it is all over.

‘We learned a great deal from the Beacon experience,’ said Facebook spokesperson Barry Schnitt. ‘For one, it was underscored how critical it is to provide extensive user control over how information is shared. We also learned how to effectively communicate changes that we make to the user experience.”

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