On Facebook’s smearing of Google

Facebook went after Google, not so successfully: Facebook’s Failed Privacy PR Campaign Against Google- An Industry Practice, Poorly Done

Luckily there’s still some objectivity and peer review in the handling of news (real news that is, not blogs):

“USA Today appears to have almost gone to press with that angle, but was alerted by others and published an exposé of the pitch instead, as well as a strong push back on the claim.”

“So, what stands out about this case is that Facebook went after Google in such an underhanded way over such a weak claim, and that it failed in its efforts so publicly.”

Facebook’s defense:

“No ‘smear’ campaign was authorized or intended. Instead, we wanted third parties to verify that people did not approve of the collection and use of information from their accounts on Facebook and other services for inclusion in Google Social Circles”