Facebook backs down over privacy concerns


The issue of privacy on Facebook hasn’t been out of the headlines for weeks, and now it looks like the popular social networking site is backing down a bit.

They have decided to change the privacy settings yet again to “significantly reduce” the amount of information that will be freely available on the net.

“It’s been a pretty intense few weeks for us, listening to all the feedback coming in from all the changes we’ve made. Our teams internally have been cranking for the last couple of weeks” said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

After listening to all the feed back, Zuckerberg said on a blog “The number one thing we’ve heard is that there just needs to be a simpler way to control your information.”

Yes, the current Facebook privacy settings are far too complicated with 50 or so settings with 170 or so options but Facebook are now planning a simplified control page with only 15 settings.

“Today we’re starting to roll out some changes that will make all of these controls a lot simpler. We’ve focused on three things: a single control for your content, more powerful controls for your basic information and an easy control to turn off all applications” said Zuckerberg.

Everyone will be able to find your basic details such as name and profile pic but you will no longer be able to view your friends’ list of friends.

Zuckerberg says you have to balance up privacy rights with promoting social networking. I mean he’s right, how can you indulge in social networking, particularly with new people, if you can’t see their information?

“Users use the service because they love sharing information,” said Zuckerberg.

In the blog post, Mr Zuckerberg also reflects on how Facebook has evolved over the years.

“On a personal note, I just turned 26 years old a few days ago. I started Facebook when I was 19 and it’s amazing to look back at how it has evolved. There have been a lot of changes over the years as we’ve continued to innovate, and I appreciate that you have all stuck with us.

“Each time we make a change we try to learn from past lessons, and each time we make new mistakes, too. We are far from perfect, but we always try our hardest to build the best service for you and for the world. So I just want to say thanks.”

Personally I don’t think Facebook will suffer too much over the negative press recently, it’s still the most popular social networking site on the Internet and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.

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