Everybody's Lying on Facebook
One-quarter of survey respondents admitted to altering their info
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 11:38 AM CDT
This Feb. 1, 2012 photo shows the Facebook logo on a computer screen in Berlin.   (AP Photo/dapd, Timur Emek)

(Newser) – How to protect your privacy on Facebook? For an increasing number of users, the answer is simple: Lie. A quarter of respondents in a new Consumer Reports study admitted that they “alter personally identifiable information,” such as birthdate, on Facebook. Technically, that’s a violation of the social networking site’s Terms of Service, the New York Times points out. And more than twice as many people are doing it now as were two years ago, when the same question was asked.

Most of those surveyed said they protected their privacy by adjusting various settings, while almost 20% said they didn’t do anything to protect their privacy. Consumer Reports says the increase in people who lie is proof that users are becoming more wary of Facebook, and the organization’s advocacy arm is urging Facebook, via a petition, to strengthen its privacy controls. The Consumer Reports study also found that a large number of Facebook users revealed information on the site that could hurt them, including their whereabouts on a particular day or health information.

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SPHeroid
May 3, 2012 8:55 PM CDT
I've never lied on Facebook...Indeed I wouldn't even consider such a thing.... Of course, I've never subscribed to Facebook so this is not an issue....
LoginsSuck
May 3, 2012 2:37 PM CDT
I don't put anything on face book that I wouldn't want my MIL to see. In other words I don't put much real thoughts out there unless I can be nice about it. I told the kids the same thing. Once it is out there; anyone can see it, pass it on, or hold it against you.
thenextgoatisbigger
May 3, 2012 12:07 PM CDT
The only things I post are funny little quotes but never anything personal and I never complain about anything because it will be used against you somewhere, sometime. Basically Facebook is for fluff.