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Facebook faces press lynching

Ex-Microsoft super blogger, Robert Scoble (opens in new tab) and Josh Quittner (opens in new tab) from CNN's Techland are pondering whether Facebook has not morphed into its worst nightmare.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been faced with a number of issues and concerns which have turned Facebook from net darling to web villain.

Although the Facebook machine (opens in new tab) is well lubricated and working perfectly well, it is actually the periphery of Facebook, specifically its Public Relations department that is lacking any kind of stamina.

Facebook is a young company and like youngsters, it is making some errors like the recent Beacon system which has caused many users to grumble or the whole Zuckerberg Diary fiasco.

Quittner was quick to point out that unlike Netscape or Google, Facebook does not have a role-model, a daddy within the company to guide and advise Mark Zuckerberg and his team.

Techcrunch (opens in new tab) is already saying that some advertisers are already leaving the Facebook boat amidst concerns over privacy issues.

What's even more worrying is that Beacon Partners (opens in new tab) are sending copious amounts of data of every single visitor to Facebook even if these users are NOT Facebook users.

Computer Associates has found out that even those who have deactivated their accounts are still at risk of seeing sticky Facebook slurp not only detailed data from them but also their IP address.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.