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The Huffington Post reports on a Carnegie Mellon University study that followed the privacy practices of 5,076 Facebook users for six years. Researchers found that “during the first four years, users steadily limited what personal data was visible to strangers...” But after Facebook's changes to its platform in 2009 and 2010, users began to share more data with the public. Additionally, “even as people sought to limit what strangers could learn about them from their Facebook profiles, they actually increased what information they shared with their friends.” The researchers said the study’s results highlight “the power of the environment in affecting individual choices.”
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