Facebook Rolls Out New Privacy Settings

Come a new day and there is news about a new Facebook update. This time the update is legitimate, unlike the earlier ‘Content Privacy’ hoax and gives users more power to control their life on Facebook.

Here’s a list of changes that Facebook is all set to bring to the table:

  • You will no longer be able to hide yourself from Facebook search. Don’t know what prompted Facebook to make everyone searchable (forcefully, I might add) but this only means that Facebook is now officially an online yellow pages.
  • The privacy setting options will get simpler. Soon, a privacy icon will be visible on the top right corner of your Facebook page. Clicking on this icon will allow you to directly address issues like, ‘who can see your posts’, ‘who can contact you’ and ‘how you can block someone’. “Yay! No more pesky people to deal with!”
  • Photo settings will get much easier. You will now be able to see photos that you are tagged in but which are not present on your TL. You will have the power to untag yourself from these photos or ask these to be taken down. However, there is no facial recognition option here, so you will be able to control only those in which you are tagged.
  • Apps will be required to separately ask you if they can access your posts, email address, etc. and if they can post on your behalf. Both these questions were asked before too, albeit in one dialogue box.

Talking about these privacy changes, product manager at Facebook, Sam Lessin said, “We’re hoping to educate users and help them better understand who can see what on Facebook. When users are surprised, that is a bad thing.”

Given that Facebook privacy settings have been criticised in the past, this move on part of the social media giant can be seen as a way to fix those wrongs. In the past year, Facebook has continuously made changes to its TL, policies, etc. While change is good, in the case of Facebook it is getting too much too often. I think it is time Facebook formulates and sticks to a definite plan and stops surprising users and asking them to adjust to change time and again.

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