Facebook crosses 500 million users landmark
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Half-a-billion and counting. Facebook passed a key milestone this week as it continued its meteoric rise in popularity. Yet, as the site continues to grow, so do the challenges.
In 2007, the company encountered fierce opposition to its “Beacon” programme that sent information about a user’s purchases on third-party sites to each of their Facebook friends. The company did, however, cancel the initiative soon after its launch.
More recently, the social network came under renewed criticism for its complicated privacy settings. In May, the U.S.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint in Washington with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that Facebook’s privacy controls are unnecessarily complicated, if not intentionally designed to confuse users.