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Facebook Updates Privacy Settings

On the 27th of May, Facebook revealed that it had changed many privacy settings which will allow more people (by default) to see users data. These updates are in response to growing user concerns about the sites privacy settings, as Facebook admits that some uses were finding it too hard to comprehend them. The number of words in Facebook's privacy policy has quintupled in the last five and a bit years, since its set up.

Open QuoteOur goal is not to make your information more private or more open.Close Quote
Source: Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook Founder
 The new privacy settings do allow more people to see more about you, by default, however users do have to option to opt out, and keep their information more private.

The updates follow protests from users over recent changes that Facebook has made, which many people claim are leaving users unsure of who can see their information, and how much they can see.
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Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) admitted that Facebook was to complicated, and said that "We needed to simplify controls", whilst allowing people to "be able to share information in the way that they want".

 Facebook have delivered on their promises to give users more simplified privacy settings, and more control over who can see what. However they have opened up lots of user data, which by default, many more people can see now.

Despite this, Facebook's current settings appear to encourage users to share more data about themselves, and as I keep saying, by default they do.

Unfortunately Social Networkers don't really have much choice in who they use, as Facebook has no real competitors in the same market as it.. Yes there is Twitter, Myspace, Bebo etc. but they are all really in different markets from each other.

Facebook seems to have many users so they don't know which way to turn, but hopefully now the new privacy settings which are all in one place, should go some way to helping users take back control of their online social life, rather than their online social life controlling itself.

Is Facebook taking over, or will these updates discourage users from using the site?

I have also posted this article on Blogcritics. To find out more please read my Blogcritics article.

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 31st May 2010

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