After Criticism, Facebook Revises Privacy Settings
Wed, 05/26/2010 - 13:30 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
Facebook is simplifying its privacy controls. The changes come amid complaints about recently announced features, including "instant personalization" that tailors other websites to users' Facebook profiles.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
Facebook is simplifying its privacy controls. The changes come amid complaints about recently announced features, including "instant personalization" that tailors other websites to users' Facebook profiles.
With incessant improvements and advancements in technology, social media has surpassed all expectations. The advent of World Wide Web has led to widespread information sharing through social networking platforms including Facebook Inc. (FB), LinkedIn Inc. (LNKD), Twitter Inc.
Owing to the incessant improvements and advancements in technology, the arena of social media has surpassed all expectations. Advent of the World Wide Web has facilitated information sharing through social media networking platforms, including Facebook Inc (FB), Google Inc (GOOG), Google+, Instagram, and LinkedIn Corp (LNKD).
Facebook Inc. (FB) has introduced a blue cartoon dinosaur to walk a user through the platform’s privacy checkup before sharing anything. The button exactly below privacy settings prompts a box and makes the user go through three checks.
Europe slammed as unacceptable the changes by social networking website Facebook to its privacy settings, that would allow the profiles of its users to be made available to third party websites."It is unacceptable that the company fundamentally changed the default settings on its social-networking platform to the detriment of a user", the group of European data protections authorities said in a letter Wednesday.The EU group, known as the Article 29 Working Party, met on May 11-12 in Brussels to discuss safer networking principles.
Struggling social network MySpace plans to unveil simplified privacy settings in a bid to differentiate itself from rival Facebook, which is under fire over its privacy practices, The Wall Street Journal said Monday.The newspaper, which is owned by News Corp, which also owns MySpace, reported that the new MySpace privacy controls would take effect in the coming weeks.The Journal said the new controls give users the option to select one privacy setting for all of the information in their profiles such as their user name, their birthday, their interests or photos.
Facebook on Wednesday began making outside applications or websites detail what private information they want from people's online profiles.Websites or applications then must get permission from users for specific data, according to Bret Taylor of Facebook.The move came in the wake of Facebook revamping its privacy settings in order to appease critics who complained it was not properly safeguarding information.