Facebook executives have suggested that the critique comes from a relatively small collection of users and privacy advocates. And they argue that the disaffected will come around when they recog-nize the advantages of an Internet-wide shift toward more information sharing: deeper connections, a more robust on-line experience.

Indeed, some industry-friendly analysts say a Facebook that errs too heavily on the side of privacy will choke off innovation. But the company, battered by the criticism and concerned about growing talk of federal regulation, is making some changes.

As the Phoenix went to press, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was rolling out new, simpler privacy controls. We’ll see if they’re enough to keep Congress at bay — and spare Facebook from the wrath of Jon Stewart.

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