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Private affiliations purged by social network

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Facebook is asking users to link to education, work, location, employer and likes pages, with connections made public by default.

Profile owners who baulk at exposing their affiliations will find the relevant data removed their profile if they refuse to add links. The social networking site began greeting users with the forced link option pages on Tuesday even as it begins preparing to roll out "enhanced, simpler privacy controls".

The latest changes are not unlike the privacy roll-back in December that attracted massive criticism from privacy regulators, activists and media outlets. Users who accepted Facebook's revised default settings last year allowed the internet at large to see their status updates, messages, pictures and more regardless of any previous settings that might have restricted access to such information to a circle of friends.

Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives from Facebook are due to discuss the details of revised privacy control changes in a conference call due to begin at 10.30am (PST) on Wednesday. ®

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