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Facebook Asks 350m Members to Personalise Privacy

Gordon Kelly


Facebook Asks 350m Members to Personalise Privacy

Privacy has been a monkey on Facebook's back for many years now, so the social networking giant has today gotten proactive...

Facebook will ask its 350 million users upon login to review and update their privacy settings - a first amongst the major Internet services. On top of this it will also launch tools to give users personalised and greater control over what information they share. Cleverly, this will be based on what the content is, why they are sharing, when and what audience they are trying to reach. You know, just like we always wanted!

These changes had been anticipated after an open letter discussing this topic from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was pinned to every user's homepage last week. "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" he explained.

The decision is a smart one, though it also runs counter to recent moves Facebook has agreed with search providers Google and Bing to provide real time search results that index users status updates. Yes, you can make these updates private, but you had to know to do that.

Of course while one section of society calls for greater controls on user privacy the other seems determined to share every minor detail of their lives with the widest possible demographic. A compromise has to be found somewhere, so let's hope this is it...


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