Facebook boycott called as millions blast new design

Almost 2.7 million Facebook members have joined a group opposed to the site's redesign and planned a boycott.

Since early this year, Facebook tried to keep its members informed about its redesign plans and asked for input via a section on the site called Facebook Profiles Preview. The company has said it took into account feedback from members when developing the redesign.

Among Facebook's goals with the new design were to reduce the clutter of members' profile pages and restore the social network's clean and organized layout. The company also wanted to make the site's activity feed features more prominent and easier to use.

To these ends, the redesign redistributed profile components to different tabs and increased the prominence of the Wall feature, where members and their friends can post comments, broadcast action updates and post links and photos, among other things.

Members interested in learning more about the new design and sending Facebook feedback on it can do so via the site's Help section. The Facebook Profiles Preview page is also still active, the spokeswoman said.

Facebook is no stranger to complaints. When first introduced, the activity feed feature was blasted by users as violating their privacy, as was the Beacon ad program that broadcast actions made outside of the site by Facebook's users to their friends. With this redesign, some external developers complained that the redesigned profile page would steal visibility from their applications.

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