Sunday, December 20, 2009

Facebook to have new Privacy Controls

Facebook, the popular networking site, is finally rolling out some of the much talked about and desired privacy control features. From now on each post made by the user will have privacy control settings by which he can set the visibility to whoever he wants it. Till now individual posts didn’t have this facility and only one setting existed by which all the posts can be set to a specific privacy level.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has written an open letter to all it’s users about this change which will surely have a large impact on the current and future developments of this company.
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.

Since this update will remove regional networks and create some new settings, in the next couple of weeks we’ll ask you to review and update your privacy settings. You’ll see a message that will explain the changes and take you to a page where you can update your settings. When you’re finished, we’ll show you a confirmation page so you can make sure you chose the right settings for you. As always, once you’re done you’ll still be able to change your settings whenever you want.

We’ve worked hard to build controls that we think will be better for you, but we also understand that everyone’s needs are different. We’ll suggest settings for you based on your current level of privacy, but the best way for you to find the right settings is to read through all your options and customize them for yourself. I encourage you to do this and consider who you’re sharing with online.

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