Facebook Users Troubled by Privacy Issues

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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Some people who received a Facebook alert about data sharing say they are second-guessing using the popular social media app.

When Bonnie Picciano from East Stroudsburg logged onto Facebook, she received a message.

"I got a notification and I read through it and I was like, 'OK, what really does it say?' It wasn't clear. I don't know what information was leaked out and what it means to my Facebook. I think it could have been a lot clearer so we know what our exposure was," Picciano complained.

She wasn't the only one to get this message; millions of others received it after Facebook alerted users to a quiz app that shared personal data information like profile pictures and users' current cities.

"I mean it's a concern. If I want my information private and it's just getting out there anyway, what other information can they get that I don't want out there?" said ESU senior David Anderson.

Some people we spoke to say they don't use Facebook for this specific reason. They don't want their information getting out.

Marcus Adeniyi is a freshman at East Stroudsburg University. he says he stays off most social media websites because it's too easy to get hacked.

"If anyone has your information, it's easy to get identity theft or stuff like that. Whatever you do, there's always going to be bad people out there, you just got to protect yourself," Adeniyi said.

Other say despite the Facebook alert, they still question security.

"I would say that I would second-guess using social media and you have to be more careful what you put on sites like that," Anderson added.

Facebook users who didn't get the alert but still want to make sure they weren't affected can go to the Facebook help page for that information. Get more information on that here.


  • Fredric Underhill


    Monday, half the questions were kiss up, indicating the Congressperson had received donations. Zuck promised “his team” would answer why he was getting grilled REPEATEDLY.

    Tuesday, Zuck didn’t have a friend in the theater.

    There is nothing good about this smart Alec.

  • DB Cooper

    Zuck said it best in 2004:

    Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
    Zuck: Just ask
    Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
    [Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
    Zuck: People just submitted it.
    Zuck: I don’t know why.
    Zuck: They “trust me”
    Zuck: Dumb f*cks

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Like I typed 3 years ago, social media is not a friend to mankind. If people cannot live without posting what was in their protein shake, how much they hate their elected officials, or how their tiny dog chipped a nail with a list of people that could not care any less, then that’s on them. It only feeds a person’s narcissism and nobody truly cares what anyone posts, anyway. “Like” and “share” does not make people best friends, I guarantee it. It just gives research entities, marketing groups, and advertisers a blueprint to selling to a specific demographic. That’s it.

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