Facebook to meet with US senator on privacy

Facebook’s announcements last week about making the Web even more social caught the eye of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who has since been “publicly pushing the social networking site to change its privacy policy,” ComputerWorld reports. In an open letter, a private letter to Facebook, a press conference, and his press release, the senator called on the Federal Trade Commission “to provide industry guidelines for social networking sites and require full disclosure of how sites use private information.” Schumer was joined at today’s press conference and in signing the private letter by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mark Begich (D-AK). ComputerWorld said Facebook had tried to get a meeting with Schumer over the weekend and was successful in setting one up today. The time of the meeting is not disclosed. Here’s Advertising Age’s coverage, with more from analysts.


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