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Facebook, Google Privacy Changes Announced

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By Aditi Mukherji

Translation: When you follow a restaurant on Google+ or give four stars to an album on a Google service, your name, photo, and endorsement can show up in an ad for the restaurant or album.

Facebook already does this through its “Sponsored Stories” ads. That means when you post “My tush has never felt softer” on Charmin’s Facebook page, Charmin could pay Facebook to broadcast your glowing recommendation to all of your “friends.”

Essentially, you’re a product endorser — without getting paid.

Google realized how awesome that scheme is (for companies…) and is finally joining the bandwagon.

Unlike Facebook, however, Google will give its users the chance to opt out and limit their visibility in the new endorsements through its settings page. People under the age of 18 will automatically be excluded, reports The Times.

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