Facebook's Frictionless Sharing Causes Friction Among Users
Criticized for showing little concern for the privacy of its users, Facebook is once again upsetting users. Some of what Facebook user's read on the social network may be shared to all their friends, while Google+ users don't have this same issue.
The privacy issue this time is Facebook's Frictionless sharing, which went live in September. This feature permits a Facebook user to read a shared story from one of his or her friends. However, you be unintentionally sharing what you've read with all your Facebook friends.
Of course, based on what you read, this may give you nothing but trouble.
Using the Washington Post's new Social Reader, all your friends are told that you are reading an article on the Washington Post's Social Reader. When the your friends clicks on the link, they are prompted to accept or authorize the Social Reader app. If your friends do, then every story they read will be automatically shared back to all their Facebook friends.
As everyone climbs aboard the Social Reader, pretty soon everyone knows what everyone else is reading, without realizing that they authorized it in the first place. This has raised complaints about Facebook's lack of concern for user's privacy.
Right now, Google+ does not have this problem. And as Facebook user's have their experience on Facebook ruined, many of them may soon become Google+ users.