Understanding Facebook's new privacy changes - great news for parents
It doesn't seem like a week goes by without Facebook making more changes to its privacy settings. The company gets a lot of flak for seemingly loosey-goosey privacy policies, but the forthcoming changes (and there are a lot of them) may put all of our minds more at ease.
There are several changes that have already started
rolling out on the site, basically to make
profiles more private and give users more choice in how we share our content and who we share it with.
Here are the ones I think are the most important--and that are long overdue:
Improved Profile and Posting Privacy Settings
Adjusting settings on your profile in the past required click-throughs
and navigation through your settings tab. Now, everything that you want
to post--your hometown, your occupation, relationship status--has a
drop-down menu next to it where you can delineate who you want seeing
it. The same goes for posts and status updates. When you post something on your wall,
you can use the pull-down menu to pick and choose who sees it. (They seem to be taking a page from Google+
Photo Tag Approval
Didn't you love how your friends would tag you in horrible high school
photos with the bad outfits and bad hair and they would automatically
appear on your wall? Now, you actually have the ability to accept OR
reject any questionable photos. Bad hair be gone!
Photo Tagging Non-Friends
hosted a great baby shower for one of your friends and took some
fabulous shots of her with her college roommates. In the past, to tag
them in photos, you had to friend them first, which is then kind of
awkward because then you become Facebook friends with people you'll
never likely talk to or see again. Well, now, you can tag photos of
people you aren't friends with. Simply tag their names and they can
approve or reject the photo on their own walls.
Changes to Post Audience: Ever have
post regret when you spontaneously post something and then realize that
you actually don't want to tell all 600 friends that oh, say there's a lice infestation
at your house? Now, you can go into the post and change who sees it, after the fact.
remains to be seen if you can delete the post altogether, but there may
be a "No one" group that you can choose. )
Overall, as someone very concerned with privacy, I think the changes are terrific and make a big
difference in helping you customize who you want to share your information with.
This comes in especially handy for those who are liberal with sharing family photos on Facebook, but don't necessarily care to share their kid's third birthday photos with their Facebook friends on the fringe. (Yes, we all
I know several Facebook-hesitant people who are worried about privacy infringement, or just don't want
to share their kids' photos with their socially-networked world. But
with this massive overhaul, Facebook is finally making it a lot easier
for people to have much more control over the information we put out
For more detail about Facebook privacy changes see the Facebook blog.
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