Facebook to roll out privacy setting changes

Ever wish you could have more control over your privacy settings on Facebook?  Well you are not alone and Facebook is responding with a series of privacy upgrades due to roll out on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Facebook’s Chris Cox, vice president, seems to understand the pulse of his more than 750 million users for these changes as evidenced in his post on Tuesday stating, “You have told us that ‘Who can see this?’ could be clearer across Facebook, so we have made changes to make this more visual and straightforward.”

Cox added, “Your profile should feel like your home on the Web — you should never feel like stuff appears there that you don’t want, and you should never wonder who sees what’s there. The profile is getting some new tools that give you clearer, more consistent controls over how photos and posts get added to it, and who can see everything that lives there.”

The changes seem like they will be simple to use, although I haven’t seen them implemented yet; but, the settings seem pretty straight forward.  With these new changes, users will be able to easily limit who can see a photo or status update from a post and have more controlover who can see their posts.  These changes are giving users m ore control over how they share personal content and, allows users the ability to limit some information that their contacts can post about them.

It seems to be no small coincidence that Facebook is making these changes just a few short weeks after Google launches their own social network, Google Plus (Google +) which is growing in popularity and uses much simpler privacy setting mechanisms than Facebook. As an avid Facebook user, who has yet to convert to Google+, it will be interesting to see how these changes impact which posts I see from
my list of virtual friends.

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Comments

  1. James McCarthy

    Privacy is often a big concern for people posting things on Facebook. I am glad to hear they are taking the necessary steps to keep their users.

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