Facebook has suffered some ignominious strikeouts during its 10 years. Consider these 10 features and products that didn't fly.
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Facebook's controversial ad platform, Beacon, launched on November 6, 2007, and drew immediate criticism from users and privacy advocates. It posted user activity from third-party websites such as Blockbuster, Hotwire, Yelp, and others to users' Facebook profiles. Later, a report claimed that Beacon was collecting data from its partner websites, regardless of whether users were Facebook members or not.
In August 2008, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and partner companies that activated Facebook Beacon. Two months later, Facebook announced it was shuttering the service, and it agreed to establish a $9.5 million settlement fund to support online privacy initiatives.
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