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Thursday, November 29 12:00 AM ET

Facebook Sending Apology Gifts to Users Over Privacy Concerns

By Brian Briggs

Palo Alto, CA - Some users of the popular social networking site Facebook were surprised to receive personalized gifts from the company this weekend.

The gifts came with a note from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizing for what many Facebook users view as a violation of their privacy from the Facebook Ads program recently launched by the company. In the note Zuckerberg says it's just a “misunderstanding” of the program and that there's “nothing to worry about.”

At a press conference on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “The gifts are our way of saying 'Sorry' for the loss of trust that some users feel. Like Sarah Willingham who has an embarrassing problem with eczema, who if she hasn't already should be receiving a month's supply of oatmeal baths.”

Some think the move by Facebook further violates their privacy and many users stated that it “creeps them out even more than Facebook Ads.”

Representatives at the company responded that users can opt out of the apology gift program in a simple 206 step process that should be easy for anyone with an advanced degree in computer science and a cybernetic eye implant that helps them detect infrared radiation.

Some of the gifts reveal that Facebook may be gathering more information than users think. Josh Beckler from Sarasota Florida said, “I got a gift certificate to apply to federal taxes with my social security number already imprinted. I don't even know how they got that.”

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Apparently, the apology program isn't just limited to gifts. Some members reported receiving phone calls from Zuckerberg himself apologizing for the misunderstanding, and asking if they were wearing that cute blue top they had on in their profile picture.

The company reports that all gifts will be sent out and calls completed by the end November. Many analysts believe that this move values the company at nearly $19 trillion dollars.

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