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New Facebook URLs Raise Cyber-Squatting Fears

Mon, 06/15/2009 - 6:18am

Editor's Note: Should there be some kind of screening process to get a URL? What if you don't have the copyright to an address, but really did think of it first?

Facebook's new personalised URLs feature has already come under fire from experts who believe it could be abused by cyber-squatters.

The new service, which went live on Saturday, allows account holders to register more distinctive URLs for their profiles by choosing a specific username, which will then be displayed in the URL link to their profile.

"Your new Facebook URL is like your personal destination, or home, on the web," wrote Facebook designer Blaise DiPersia in a blog post.

"People can enter a Facebook username as a search term on Facebook or a popular search engine like Google, for example, which will make it much easier for people to find friends with common names."

However, experts from law firm Eversheds have warned that businesses could be at risk from the malicious registering of company names.

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