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Facebook to Simplify Privacy Settings

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It appears that the world’s most popular social-networking site, Facebook, has finally bowed to pressure concerning its privacy settings. Facebook has announced that starting from 26 May 2010, a new set of privacy settings will be gradually unveiled in a bid to make control a lot easier for users. This follows feedback and criticism from some profile owners that Facebook privacy settings are usually over-crowded and too difficult to understand with over 50 different settings and 170 options.

The new settings will aim to provide; a single control for content, more powerful controls for basic information and an easy control to turn off all applications. Therefore, users will be able to set who (friends only, friends of friends or everyone) can see the content of their post in a couple of clicks. In addition, your list of friends will no longer be available to everyone by default – users can now control who can see their friends and pages. Finally, users can also control whether applications and websites can access any of their information including applications and games. While these partners can still see information set to “everyone”, this feature can also be completely turned off.

Meanwhile the profile picture, name, networks and gender will remain publicly available by default so as to make it easy for users to find each other. The changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks and you can take a look at the new privacy page here, which explains in detail how the new settings will work.

Talking Point

If you were in a position to make changes on behalf of Facebook, what would be your ideal privacy settings?

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  1. This was mentioned in Criminal Minds recently. I’m just not sure though if it is true that with this security update all profiles in Facebook will become public unless the user will set his or her own preferences after the update.
    .-= JCO´s last blog ..Google invades TV with Google TV =-.

  2. Ya i agree with that, I too feel facebook is not have much more privacy setting. They concern users privacy settings na it will give more useful for users.
    .-= eGrove Systems´s last blog ..Home =-.

  3. yeah, i also agree for that, theres a lot of scam on Facebook, specially people who are using pictures of other.

  4. well, i think this is long overdue, facebook has done some great things, but this is an issue they have danced around. it is good that they are finally going to face it.

  5. I wonder how that (iris) technology would work lol. Some security experts are now saying that these steps are not enough. It does appear however, that the reason a lot of people use Facebook is to ‘show-off’ to their friends. Thus, those group of users may not be too bothered about privacy. Do you agree?

    1. I totally agree that most people on Facebook do not care or ever will about privacy. On the contrary, they want everyone to see everything about them. I thought that was the purpose of Facebook anyway.

      When their boss sees them doing something against company policy is when they start worrying about privacy.

  6. Have you tried the new settings yet? It does look much simpler to understand although critics still maintain that it is not simplified enough.

    Don’t you think that the general idea behind Facebook is ‘sharing’ and if regulations are stricter its purpose would be defeated?

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