USA Today reports that Facebook, the popular social networking site, has recently been hit with privacy protests. The nation’s second-most popular social networking site has been met with a stiff backlash after it incorporated design challenges recently. As of Wednesday, 500,000 of the site’s 9.5 million members had signed a petition requesting that Facebook back off of its “News Feed” feature, which alerts users when friends update their own sites. Facebook differs from the more popular MySpace.com in that users generally have a higher level of control over the details they publish on member pages. This backlash has been fueled not because it reveals personal data, but rather, because it makes it much easier to track and possibly stalk other users by keeping tabs on their publishing habits. Some of the impromptu protest sites about the change have called for a boycott of Facebook. Company founder Mark Zuckerberg responded to the controversy by posting the following statement on his personal blog: “We agree, stalking isn’t cool; but being able to know what’s going on in your friends’ lives is. Nothing you do is being broadcast; rather, it is being shared with people who care about what you do–your friends.” …