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From Wire Reports

RALEIGH, N.C. – Social networking site Facebook said Friday that it is fixing a privacy loophole that allowed advertisers to access user identification and potentially other information.

The privacy lapse comes amid growing concern from lawmakers and regulators over how social networking sites and Internet companies are treating user data.

The change was first reported on The Wall Street Journal’s Web site Thursday evening. The Journal reported that Facebook and other social networking sites such as MySpace had passed along to advertisers the user IDs of subscribers who had clicked on advertisements.

Facebook said that it does not share user information without user consent. But, it said it did share some data that may include the user ID of the page but not the person who clicked on the ad.

“We don’t consider this personally identifiable information,” the company said in a statement.