Facebook Changed Privacy Settings for NewcomersAdded: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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The social network has finally responded to frustration over its privacy policies and switched off the default setting through which people accidentally shared their publications with everyone on the Internet. Now the newcomers will only share their posts with friends, unless explicitly choosing to make the post open to everyone. However, this change won’t affect its existing 1.3bn users, who are recommended to carry out a "privacy check-up" on their own.
At the moment, Facebook is facing stiff competition from such mobile apps as Snapchat and WhatsApp (the latter was recently acquired by it for $19bn) that have made discretion a selling point. So, the change to reduce the risk of newcomers over-sharing was made in response to feedback from the users.
When Facebook first allowed its members to share posts publicly five years ago, the default setting was public, which allowed anyone else online to see them. It benefited online advertisers who were eager to glean more information on its millions of users, but remained a constant source of concern for the public.
Three years ago, Facebook was forced into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. As a result, the company vowed to never make deceptive claims about its privacy procedures and agreed to independent reviews of its practices. Recently, the social network was being sued by a group of parents on using their kids’ images in advertisements without their consent.
Within the last ten years, Facebook has pushed the boundaries of privacy by encouraging its users to share increasing amounts of data. However, Snowden’s leaks have forced tech companies to pay more attention to protecting their users’ data, while regulators worldwide have begun to act to protect the rights of people on the Internet.
This spring, the social network introduced a privacy mascot in the shape of a blue dinosaur, dubbed “Zuckersaurus”. It pops up as users are about to release publications, prompting them to make sure they aren’t sharing more widely than they were going to.
The company explained that while some users really do want to post to everyone, others prefer to share with a smaller group, like just their friends. Facebook recognized that it would be much worse for someone to accidentally share wider when they actually meant, compared with the reverse.
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
|FB is what's wrong with the world today.They have made people lazy and nobody wants to meet face to face anymore.Every time you go on the bus or a night out all you can see is people on their phones checking there status as if their the next Cameron Diaz.I left FB 4 years ago and i'm glad because i found out who my real mates were.|
|@ no 1 yeah couldnt agree more. well they predict that by 2018 fb will be dead most likely as year by year less and less people are useing it. why should zuckerburger care? he is set for life. just move on and do something else.|
|@2 even the internet itself is getting boring now the only thing I do on it is download films,check emails and ask questions on ask community.Even YouTube is boring now just full of fake views and Google+.|
|posted by (2014-05-29 18:31:16)|
|I agree, facebook is crap, my privacy is more inportant than alot of Gossip|
|posted by (2014-05-30 07:32:53)|
|FB to me is a giant portal of jokes and lies....I'm entertained by which most the "friends" post there daily crap about there lives|
|i like facebook. im able to connect with people i hadnt seen in years and others that live to far away to see in person. im type that dont post pics of myself or give out personal stuff. im their just to chat and post non pics of myself. i dont like talk on phone pming and iming is my way to keep in touch with every1.||
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