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Facebook's turning friends into pests

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You can now 'ask' about your friends' love lives too

Facebook is empowering voyeurs everywhere to be more proactive with new "ask" buttons. Geekosystem reports that the social media platform recently added the option to query someone else's relationship status. If the recipient chooses to answer, they can elect to either broadcast the answer publicly or share it with just you. Previously, users could only use the "ask" buttons to pressure their social circle into surrendering less salacious information like employment statuses, phone numbers, and home towns. It's no secret that Facebook is interested in having its users fill out their profiles. The Valentine's Day research results published in February illustrate exactly how the social network can use your personal data and what they — and advertisers — can extrapolate from information about your relationships.