Facebook Makes Much-Needed Changes to Privacy Settings

December 13, 2011 - Updated: December 13, 2011

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google + have a major impact on how people communicate. People are no longer picking up the phone to get in touch with people. Rather, they are logging onto their computers and sending messages through one of the many social media platforms.


There is no denying how convenient social networking has become. People can connect to Facebook and Google + from virtually anywhere. They can use their computer, laptop, cell phone, or any other mobile device that can connect to the internet.


However, while this form of convenient communication is great, there is one thing that all social media users need to be conscious of; privacy.


Internet privacy issues are not new and have been a topic of debate for years. Facebook and Google + have only added to this debate. As users become more and more concerned about their privacy, social media sites have had no option but to offer more secure settings and security options.


Stemming from the recent launch of Google+ and it platforms enhanced security features, Facebook has announced changes to its privacy policy which enables users to have increased control over what personal information is shared and who that information is shared with on the network.


The following outlines some of the new security features Facebook users can now enjoy in light of the Google + launch.

Facebook members can now:


  • Select which users can read their posts:  Members have full control over content posted on their walls. A new dropdown box offers options for Public (previously, "Everyone"), Friends, or Friends of Friends. This is very similar to the Google + feature.
  • Edit existing posts: For already-published wall posts, users can now edit the privacy options for each specific posting.
  • Access security setting easily: Previously, Facebook security settings were buried deep into the site architecture making it difficult to change settings for users that were not tech savvy.
  • Manage Tagging: This allows users to have more control over who can tag them and which picture appears online.
  • Block People: Users can now block people entirely from their Facebook account.


This is only the start for Facebook as they claim there are more privacy adjustments coming in the near future. While Facebook security is not perfect, they are working to make the site more secure. 


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