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Facebook has had a terrible Fall, let alone full year. A number of high-profile controversies has caused the company to retreat and renege on a number of its decisions over the past few months, and ZDNet, CNET and CBS News has documented these failings in great detail.
But what has caused these major privacy fluff-ups, data retention issues or cookie-tracking problems? Is it all part of Facebook's ethos of taking on Google's "don't be evil" motto and somehow getting it oh-so-very wrong? Or is the social networking giant, close to 1 billion users, finally crippling itself under the weight of its own userbase? Is the company heading for secret global domination, and seeks to become the foremost hub for intelligence and information?
The cultural shift of Facebook's 2004 inception to its 2011 downfall days is clear. This gallery explores some of the worst controversies of this year, which threaten to bring the social networking giant to its proverbial knees.
- Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control
- Congresswoman to probe Facebook over coordinated spam attack
- Between the Lines: SOPA: Why the 'broken web' should stay broken
- Facebook to make all sharing privacy settings 'opt-in'
- CIA monitors Facebook, Twitter: Five million tweets a day
- German state to sue Facebook over facial recognition feature
- European ‘right-to-delete’ law: How enforceable is Facebook?