Tech Biggies Quit Facebook Over Privacy Flap: Will Others Follow?

In an e-mail, she told ABCNews.com that even though she thinks she has a fairly good handle on the privacy settings, she said she finds them confusing and is worried for others who may not even be aware of the implications of their online sharing.

"I'm concerned for people who aren't aware of how much they are sharing. Even quite a few of my friends my own age know very little about it, let alone, for instance, my parents!" she said. "You can imagine situations where that might even put users or their contacts (if they don't realize their full friend list is public for instance) in danger. I'm thinking of political activists in countries with repressive regimes, gay people in countries where homosexuality is illegal, etc."

In a recent online Q&A with readers of the New York Times, Facebook vice president of privacy Elliot Schrage said, "It's clear that despite our efforts, we are not doing a good enough job communicating the changes that we're making. Even worse, our extensive efforts to provide users greater control over what and how they share appear to be too confusing for some of our more than 400 million users. That's not acceptable or sustainable. But it's certainly fixable. You're pointing out things we need to fix," he said. "We will soon ramp up our efforts to provide better guidance to those confused about how to control sharing and maintain privacy."

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