Kirkpatrick: Facebook Will Have Privacy Issues 'Indefinitely'
So is Facebook's privacy controversy overblown? I put that question to David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect.
Despite the fact that "people react to a lot of things that they don't understand very well, especially in the press," Kirkpatrick says, "I don't think it's wrong to be raising the flags and asking a lot of tough questions about how Facebook handles our data. I think Facebook blew it seriously at their April 'F8' [developers conference] event in the way they unveiled a number of new changes to their software."
"They didn't really explain the consequences that had for the user," Kirkpatrick says, "because they were just thinking like geeks: 'Oh this is for the developers.' And in fact there was nothing at F8 for the users, at all. Zero. And that was a big mistake from a communications point of view."
"Their privacy issues are going to be with them indefinitely because we have so much data there," says Kirkpatrick.