As National Cyber Security Awareness Month nears its homestretch, Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan is meeting with data protection and privacy commissioners from around the world this week to discuss how the social network enables its users to control what they share.
In its rush to continually evolve its product, Facebook often makes leaps forward in many areas, and sometimes that involves two steps back. But in the case of the nearly anonymous “other” folder and its complete omission from the highly touted Facebook Messenger applications, I guess the steps back sent it over a cliff — or maybe Facebook realizes how entirely useless this folder is and plans to kill it off. Wait, what “other” folder? Exactly.
If you have a child of a literate age with computer access, chances are they have a Facebook profile. They also probably don’t want you looking at it. Here are at least 10 reasons why you shouldn’t:
Everybody’s done it: Late at night, you’re checking out your best bud from high school’s friends list. You wax a bit nostalgic, and before you know it, you’ve sent out friend invites to one-half of your graduating class. Or you’re getting your business started up and you import contacts that you’re going to try to buy your new widget. Whatever the reason, once you’ve sent out that friend request, it’s out there … FOREVER. No, you’re not understanding how horrible this is.
What is the next stand-alone application from Facebook? “Multiple sources” told TechCrunch the app, code-named Moments, is aimed at helping users share content with different sets of users that they determine, without having to navigate through the social network’s lists or privacy settings.
Facebook Thursday announced the rollout of Privacy Checkup, a tool aimed at helping users better control who sees their content, which the social network began testing as early as March and officially introduced in May.
Facebook finally began officially addressing concerns about the permissions and privacy settings in its Messenger applications, with some mobile users seeing posts atop their News Feeds titled, “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts,” containing a “Learn More” button that brings users to a post by Peter Martinazzi, a product manager on the Messenger team.
Facebook users about to join the work force for the first time: The photo above is not a wise choice for your profile picture on Facebook (and probably shouldn’t be posted at all, but that’s another argument for another day), and you should probably examine its privacy settings in order to ensure that no potential employers see it.
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.