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- Easier defaults settings
- This speaks to the overall simplification of Facebook’s privacy settings and an improvement of the general navigability of the system. In other words, users are no longer required a degree in semantics in order to understand who, how and where their information will be published.
- Restoring the option of a private profile
- This reflects one of the more problematic changes Facebook implemented in April 2010 and received a lot of criticism. Back in April Facebook removed its users’ ability to choose who could see their personal information, such as interests. A user’s current city, hometown, education, work and like and dislikes were all put under the header of “connections” and were to be shared with the public. The idea behind this change, according to Facebook, was that it would enable users to more easily find like-minded “friends” on the web.
- With the new privacy settings, users now have the option to censor the “connections” part of the profile.
- “App gap”
- The “app gap” was coined by the American Civil Liberties Union and refers to a change Facebook made in December 2009 that required users to share information with third-party applications. The concern with the app gap is that users didn’t have the choice to share their information.
- The new policy allows users to opt out of sharing personal information with apps. However, many critics feel that the new policy still violates personal privacy rights, because choosing the protection feature disables all applications, rather than just the ones you distrust.