If you use Facebook, you may have noticed that the site is now asking you to review and update your privacy settings. This is all part of a new campaign to give users even more control on who can – and can’t – see their photos and information on the popular social networking website. Facebook’s new privacy settings allow each user to set controls on individual photos and pieces of information on the site, which is a big step forward for Facebook privacy.
About the New Privacy Settings
The list of new privacy setting changes is sweeping in that greater control is being given to each user on very specific aspects of Facebook. Privacy settings also are offered to give users the chance to exclude specific people from seeing postings and photos.
Users can now log into a simple privacy settings page. After having to confirm your Facebook password – an extra step taken to offer your privacy controls security – you are then presented a list of various information areas on your Facebook page.
The list includes such sensitive information as your religious and political views, family and relationship information, photo albums and videos, posts you have made on your Facebook page, comments posted to your page by others, birthday information, and even entries you have made about your interests and activities.
Why the New Privacy Settings Changes?
Many of the 350 million Facebook users have commented or complained about Facebook’s privacy setting issues. Principally, many of these users are upset that their racy photos have ended up costing them jobs or promotions. Why? Because bosses, human resource staff, and employment recruiters have been able to view those photos on Facebook.
Other Facebook users have been upset that personal information they care only to share with certain friends has been visible not just to all Facebook users but the entire internet community.
Facebook first revealed its intentions to improve users’ control over Facebook privacy back in the summer, with official implementation on users accounts beginning today.
Geographic Networks Now Eliminated
Facebook users may have noticed something else different about Facebook – no more geographic networks. That means New York, Philadelphia, London, and other networks based around a city or other geographically defined region are no longer in use.
People who were once members of such networks will now have that geographic region listed as their current city. Other types of networks and groups are still active.