Latest 'Creepy' Facebook Change: the 'Ask' Button

Critics are calling it 'invasive'
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted May 20, 2014 9:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Facebook creeping just got a lot more awkward: In an unannounced update this weekend, Facebook has introduced an "Ask" button to users' pages so their friends can ask about their relationship status, where they live, or what their phone number is—basically, friends are able to "Ask" about any information you haven't decided to show, so long as they include a note along with the request. As usual with Facebook updates, the change has received less-than-positive reviews. Asking about a person's relationship status seems to have taken the bulk of criticism, with some calling it "creepy" and "invasive." Plus, one writer notes that it's just another way for Facebook to gather information on you.

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