Facebook and Privacy: It's Complicated

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Provided by: Columbia University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
The authors measure users' attitudes toward interpersonal privacy concerns on Facebook and measure users' strategies for reconciling their concerns with their desire to share content online. To do this, they recruited 260 Facebook users to install a Facebook application that surveyed their privacy concerns, their friend network compositions, the sensitivity of posted content, and their privacy-preserving strategies. By asking participants targeted questions about people randomly selected from their friend network and posts shared on their profiles, they were able to quantify the extent to which users trust their \"Friends\" and the likelihood that their content was being viewed by unintended audiences.
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