Facebook and New Privacy Controls

Facebook’s Announcement on Privacy Controls

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent out a general ‘open letter’ to all Facebook members on December 1 that it had reached a record number of users (350 million people & organizations). He also outlined the revised and simplified privacy controls.

Facebook really took hit when they changed their privacy policy in mid 2009 (a general announcement by Facebook was released in July of 2009 that said Facebook was aware of the issue and was working to resolve it). Many Facebook subscribers protested by unsubscribing from the social network while others circulated news about the terms of use changes within Facebook and on the Internet. It also suffered from negative press from a variety of media centers.

The current announcement by Facebook’s CEO states:

The plan we’ve come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.

We’re adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload. In addition, we’ll also be fulfilling a request made by many of you to make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings. If you want to read more about this, we began discussing this plan back in July.

I personally will look forward to how the new changes will work, specifically the ability to control individual pieces of content that has been created or uploaded to Facebook. Hopefully, things will be as easy as they claim to be.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on December 3, 2009, in Facebook, Privacy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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