Considering how many people are on Facebook worldwide, it seems an appropriate time for the government to step in to ensure that user’s privacy and rights were protected. Especially since Facebook has a history of randomly updating its privacy settings, exposing user data to the rest of the Web, the Federal Trade Commission decided that all sharing should be opted into instead of Mark Zuckerberg’s typical opt-out.

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Gone are the days of clicking a Facebook link and hoping that the innocent-looking website your friend sent you to isn’t anything dangerous or inappropriate. Thanks to Facebook teaming up with the security firm Websense, all of the links that you click on from Facebook will now be scanned in real-time for anything that can harm your computer, expose your personal information, or mentally scar you.

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As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to secure your Facebook account to ensure that your privacy is protected, a new incident occurred last week that could have exposed all of your Facebook browsing data to the Chinese government. This wasn’t Facebook’s fault, however, but was instead caused by an error on AT&T’s network, and only affected a select group of Facebook users.

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Typically when we write about Facebook it’s riddled with invective about its liberal use of your personal information, its unchecked spam applications, and even its ability to ruin marriages. Today, however, we appluad the social networking site’s efforts in removing approximately 20,000 underage users every day.

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