Facebook found itself in the middle of another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation involving content posted to the social network, this time over a photo of a young girl’s bare backside that was posted to the Coppertone page to mimic the classic 1953 ad from the sunscreen company of a young girl’s bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog.
The game-focused changes to Facebook’s App Center that were brought to AllFacebook’s attention at the end of May by reader Marcelo Ávalos are now official, as the social network announced a redesign of App Center aimed at simplifying discovery of games.
The popularity of Facebook’s Paper iPhone application has been slipping of late, and the social network added a slew of new features to its update, version 1.2, with an eye toward rekindling interest in the app.
Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their friends lists to “Only Me” within their privacy settings, a slight loophole exists: If a user’s friend has their friends list set to public, all of their friends will appear when viewing their mutual friends, thereby “outing” that user, despite the “Only Me” setting. Mashable went one step further, piecing together some of the friends list of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Changes Default Privacy Setting For New Users To Friends From Public, Announces Launch Of Privacy Checkup Tool
Users’ privacy is a perpetual hot-button issue for Facebook, and the social network announced several steps Thursday aimed at simplifying users’ efforts to control who sees their content, including changing the default privacy setting on new users’ posts to friends from public, and starting the rollout of a new, expanded privacy checkup tool to help users review their settings.
Context is key, and Facebook is running a test on its flagship iOS application in which users will see what it calls context cards, which appear over their News Feeds and provide detailed information after they check in or link to subjects such as movies or songs in status updates.
When Facebook announced last week that it was simplifying its privacy settings, one of the changes it mentioned was the ability for users to change the privacy settings on their past cover images. That change has apparently been extended to pages, as well.
Facebook’s privacy settings, which change often, can be confusing and overwhelming for users, but the company is committed to changing that. The social announced to reporters Tuesday that there will be clearer calls to action so that users can better understand with whom they’re sharing content.
Every time Facebook updates its privacy settings, more people get left behind. It’s bad enough for those of us who work with social media on a daily basis — for us, it’s more of a laziness issue than anything — but keeping up-to-date with privacy can be virtually impossible for users of the social network who don’t understand what they need to be aware of, and perhaps that’s why people are turning to technology for help. Browser add-ons and other privacy-checking tools are becoming an increasingly popular way of managing online privacy, and the best part? They’re simple enough for anyone to use.