Facebook opens door to second-class friends

New privacy settings will let users hide parts of their profile from some friends while allowing others full accessFacebook is to allow its users to create a hierarchy of friends within their profiles – in a move that threatens to complicate the already delicate social etiquette that governs the site.As part of new controls to be introduced in the social networking site’s privacy settings, Facebook users will be given the option of banning certain friends from seeing what they are up to and accessing sensitive information in their profile.The change will mean that, for instance, a particular friend – a former partner, say – could be prevented from seeing that a person had changed their relationship status, while others could be banned from knowing the person’s political or religious views.
technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3583301.eceFacebook beefs up privacy options, readies online chat [IDG]
Facebook plans to roll out new privacy features on Wednesday that will give users more control over who sees the data stored on their profile pages.The new privacy controls will allow users to choose which of their friends can see information such as their photo albums, mobile phone number or e-mail address. Facebook users will also be able to share information about themselves with a wider group of people, thanks to a new “friends-of-friends” feature that is also expected to be available on Wednesday.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,143579-c,webservices/article.htmlFacebook adds privacy controls, plans chat feature [Reuters]
Facebook said on Tuesday it is introducing new privacy controls that give users of the fast-growing social-network site the ability to preserve social distinctions between friends, family and co-workers online.

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