Facebook Is Giving Friends a 'Key' to Your Account

facebook trusted friendsI'm one of those people who doesn't share a lot on Facebook. At one point, I was "unsearchable" -- but since a bunch of privacy settings have changed, I'm pretty sure that has as well. I've sort of accepted the fact that I've sold my soul to the social network, but that doesn't mean I'm handing over complete control. And I'm definitely not giving out my password.

Apparently, Facebook thinks I should. Well, sort of. Yesterday, the company announced their new Trusted Friends feature. Essentially, you can select three to five friends who can help you if you ever have a problem logging into your account. Facebook says that "it's sort of similar to giving a house key to your friends when you go on vacation -- pick the friends you most trust in case you need their help."

This sounds like the dumbest thing the company has ever done, with loads of room for MASSIVE problems.


Through the Trusted Friends feature, Facebook will send codes to the friends of your choice that you can enter when you've forgotten your password. After getting all three to five codes from your friends, you can then enter them on your personal page to gain access to your account.

In other words, this is pointless. What's wrong with sending yourself an email with your account information when something goes astray, just like we've done for years now? The smarties at Facebook claim the feature is for when you don't have access to your email -- but do have access to your Facebook page and can't remember your password. I have to ask: Is there ever a time you have access to one but not the other? In today's world, I don't think so.

Can you imagine what would happen if you start feuding with one of the people on your Trusted Friends list? Who cares about salvaging your friendship -- it's all about getting the CRUCIAL FACEBOOK CODE! If you ask me, this seems like a decision you could seriously regret if you choose the wrong friend, sort of like tattooing an ex's name on your backside. Not to mention, will certain friends be offended if you don't pick them to be in your "circle of trust"?

I'm sorry Facebook, but I say don't fix something that isn't broken. When it comes to my personal privacy, I'll stick to trusting me and only me.

What do you think of Facebook's new Trusted Friends feature?


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