Mixed reactions, confusion on new Facebook privacy program
Facebook users quickly responded to the site's new privacy features with mixed but strong opinions. Thousands of members went to the Facebook profile page and, using the site's virtual thumbs-up, or "like," function, registered their response to yesterday's announcement about the new privacy tools.
In today's newspaper story, Post Tech goes over what the changes mean. Facebook says the new program will give users more control over what information they share. Public interest groups say even more personal information may be shared.
On the site's profile page announcing the changes, users revealed confusion and concern that too much personal information seemed to be available outside users' comfort zones.
One reader found it "unacceptable" that her settings were private and appeared to have changed. "I want that back!"
Another wrote that the new program appeared to give users less control over public distribution of personal information. "Coupling the increased public exposure with Facebook's failure to adequately map old settings to new settings with the privacy transition tool, the changes pushed today are wholly unacceptable. In fact, one could even argue that this is a ploy to push more user information into public space, not as one to help users better maintain their privacy."
Others offered guidance: "For those of you complaining, you still have the same level of control over your profile and wall. Set the options MANUALLY in your privacy settings. Do NOT choose Facebook's 'recommended' settings."
Here's a video of how it works:
December 10, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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