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Why Facebook's new feature is creepy, and what that means for Facebook

The social network might be trying to get more information about its users. But will it get it?
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: May 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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Wondering if your crush is in a relationship?

Now you can ask them — on Facebook.

Facebook unveiled its newest feature this week, where users can now ask each other what their relationship status is. Since some users keep their relationship situation out of the public eye, this feature will allow them to privately share their relationship status with a requester.

But it’s also something you can do in person, as Neetzan Zimmerman pointed out on Twitter under the title "Are you single? Asking for a Facebook friend."

The move raises privacy concerns, according to Vanessa Golembewski of Refinery 29. She wrote that with this new feature, people’s relationship status may show another loss in privacy.

“Facebook is always trying to figure us out,” Golembewski wrote. “Which of these movies have you seen? Where is your hometown? Which elementary school did you attend? It's all in an attempt to expand our social networks, but sometimes these questions can feel invasive — and kind of like a credit report. And, today's development is no exception. Now, your relationship status will be on display — regardless of your privacy settings — and a topic for debate among friends.”

Not everyone is against the move, according to Metro, a U.K.-based news organization.

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