Facebook adds new privacy controls
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 24/08/2011 14:01
The rivalry between Google and Facebook has a new front: privacy.
Facebook said it would roll out new controls for sharing personal information on the social network on Thursday, giving its more than 750 million users new tools to manage who can see information about them. The company plans to move a number of privacy controls -- which previously required navigating to a separate settings page -- to users' homes pages and profile pages, next to where they view and post content.
Facebook and other social networks have at times been criticised for designs that lead users to inadvertently share information with a wider audience than they intended. Many Facebook users have hundreds or thousands of friends, and some have urged the company to make it easier to target smaller groups when posting information.
Facebook changes privacy options
Facebook has announced a major revamp of how users control their privacy on the site.
Among the changes, items posted online will each have their own sharing settings determining who can see them.
It is the latest in a long line of attempts by Facebook to streamline how members manage their personal information.
Facebook changes how photos are tagged and shared
Facebook has moved to address one of its biggest privacy challenges by finally giving users more control over photos tagged and shared on their profile.
Facebook users could previously be tagged in any pictures uploaded by their friends to the biggest photo-sharing site on the web, which hosts an estimated 100bn photos.
New Control Over Privacy on Facebook
Privacy worries have bedeviled Facebook since its early days, from the introduction of the endless scroll of data known as the news feed to, most recently, the use of facial recognition technology to identify people in photographs.
At the nub of all those worries, of course, is how much people share on Facebook, with whom and -- perhaps most important -- how well they understand the potential consequences.
Facebook Aims to Simplify Privacy Settings
Didn't mean for your boss to see a picture of you on the beach that day you called in sick? Maybe you hadn't meant for the police to know you were mobilizing your friends to join a public protest? Had you bargained on your high school principal seeing Facebook photographs that they considered so risqué they kicked you off the cheerleading squad?
Sharing online, as social media enthusiasts are learning, can have all sorts of unintended consequences offline.
Facebook Revamps Privacy Control Settings to Allow More User Discretion
Facebook Inc., under pressure to improve its privacy protections, will introduce new features to make it easier for users to control who views messages, photos and other shared items.
The Palo Alto, California-based website will place many privacy controls next to content that can be shared, instead of in a separate section that is harder to find, said Chris Cox, a vice president in charge of products at Facebook.
What Facebook's New Privacy Settings Mean For You
Starting on Thursday, Facebook users will find a slew of new options to manage who gets to see what they share on the site.
Experienced Facebook users will likely notice that many of the privacy and sharing settings that used to be buried on settings pages have been brought up front, to the home page and profile page.
In advance of a planned roll-out on Thusday, Facebook has begun publishing a series of pages on the site to educate users on the changes.