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Sen. Ellen Corbett isn't expecting a friend request anytime soon from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The social networking giant is among those working to scuttle Corbett's Senate Bill 242, which is intended to give social network users more control over their online private information.

The measure stalled out Friday on a 16-16 vote on the Senate floor, with two Democrats joining Republicans in opposition and many more in the 40-member house deciding not to cast a vote at all.

Corbett, D-San Leandro, blamed the outcome on "a heavy duty onslaught of opposition" from Facebook and other social networking sites. "I guess they're just trying to kill a bill that's going to protect people's privacy."

SB 242 would require social networking sites to remove users' personal information within 96 hours upon request, require a process in which new users set their privacy settings when they first register for the site and require the sites to explain the setting options "in plain language."

Opponents argue the requirements envisioned by the bill would stifle the growth of social networking businesses in California by raising costs and exposing them to civil liability.

Corbett said she will bring up her bill again next week.



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