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Facebook Introduces New Privacy Controls
Posted By Camille Canon On May 27, 2010 @ 3:52 pm In Featured,News,Social Media | 1 Comment
Let’s take a look of those three points in a bit more detail:
Here’s a screen shot of Facebook’s new privacy setting menu:
For those of you who aren’t Facebook addicts, this image suggests a major improvement over the old privacy setting system. The ‘before’ screen shots don’t do justice to how overly complicated the system was. I highly suggesting checking out the map  the New York Times published last week on their tech blog that charts the previously 5,830 word long policy to understand just how tangled the experience was.
While it seems promising that Facebook, and specifically Zuckerberg, is taking to heart the concerns of their over 500 million users and government officials, many critics seem skeptical  about whether these modifications will generate real change. Moreover, these changes don’t directly speak to one of the major concerns regarding Facebook, namely whether or not the site shares personal information with third party sites, i.e. marketers.
This became a major issue when Facebook introduced its Open Graph Protocol  back in April, which enables third party sites to directly connect with users’ profiles. Many critics, specifically the ACLU and several U.S. Congressmen, have argued that this is a direct violation of users’ privacy rights and a violation of an assumed privacy relationship. Facebook executives have adamantly argued that the Open Graph Protocol and “Like” button are not designed for monetary gain, but rather to enrich user experience. As Debbie Frost, U.S. Director of Facebook’s Public Affairs stated in a recent press conference, “There are lots of rumors floating around that the more you share [on Facebook], the more money we make. That’s just wrong. Advertisers target people according to their [listed] interests. They only get anonymous reports, not personal information,”  However, whether the new changes prove sufficient in prohibiting the sharing of private information to advertisers, and alleviating critics of their concerns, remains to be seen.
What is your take on the state of Facebook’s privacy issues? Are the new changes sufficient enough to quiet down critics or does the social networking site have to modify their policies according to privacy norms?
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 “The No. 1 thing we heard is the settings have gotten complex and it has become hard for people to use them and control their information,” Zuckerberg said. “We listened to the feedback and agreed with them.”: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/26/MNL21DL2R6.DTL#ixzz0p7mzwg2B
 “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.”: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-flags-new-privacy-settings-20100527-wfz9.html
 April 2010: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-further-reduces-control-over-personal-information
 , according to Facebook: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=382978412130
 “app gap”: http://www.aclunc.org/issues/technology/blog/the_ftc_explores_the_app-gap.shtml
 Image: http://www.thesearchagents.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Facebook-new-privacy-sett-005.jpg
 map: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html
 many critics seem skeptical: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/27/facebook-privacy-settings-red-herring
 Open Graph Protocol: http://opengraphprotocol.org/
 “There are lots of rumors floating around that the more you share [on Facebook], the more money we make. That’s just wrong. Advertisers target people according to their [listed] interests. They only get anonymous reports, not personal information,”: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-bows-to-privacy-pressure-20100527-wgho.html
 Privacy Day on Facebook: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2009/12/privacy-day-on-facebook/
 Privacy by Default: Why Facebook is Opposed: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2011/05/privacy-by-default-why-facebook-is-opposed/
 The Week We Searched For- June 11, 2010: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2010/06/the-week-we-searched-for-june-11-2010/
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