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.
Thursday is the first day of spring, and Facebook shared some spring-cleaning tips for users looking to tidy up their News Feeds, shine up their profiles, organize their notifications, and get their privacy settings in order.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.