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No Hijacked Community Groups Says Miffed Facebook

Facebook has dismissed reports which suggested that nearly 300 of its community groups were hijacked and has labelled the claims made by an activist group as a stunt.

It is important to note that a group called Control Your Info claimed to have gained control of 289 groups on Facebook in bid to portray how easy it was to hijack a group on the social networking platform.

The activist group apparently highlighted the fact that on Facebook, a shared group, when left without an administrator for long, can be taken over by anyone of its members.

However Facebook in its defence has claimed that no private information of any of its users have been leaked and in a statement it mentioned “The groups in question have been abandoned by their previous owners, which means any group member can make themselves an administrator. Group administrators have no access to private user information and group members can leave a group at any time.”

While Facebook’s quick response is surely going to quell any apprehensions that its users may have, such incidents do create a doubt in the mind of users about the security of their personal information present on social networking sites.

Our Comments

More a publicity stunt rather than any real threat to Facebook users. No need to be afraid, yet and it is only a reminder that things can go wrong from time to time and that the data that you have painstakingly uploaded to Facebook are also located on their distant servers.

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