Facebook reveals new privacy controls following intense criticism from users

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a simplified method for controlling privacy on the giant social network tonight, acknowledging it had become too complicated but insisting his company was not trying to force people to share their data.The new controls – whereby a variety of different levels can be applied with a simple click of a button – will be rolled out across the 450m users of the worldwide network over the next few weeks, said Zuckerberg at a press conference at the company’s headquarters.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/26/facebook-new-privacy-controls-dataAlso see:Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy
Ever since Facebook was founded in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive, has pushed its users to share more information about themselves. Time and again, users have pushed back, complaining that some new feature or setting on the site violated their privacy.But the reaction has rarely been as strong as in the last few weeks, as users, privacy advocates and government officials in many countries lobbed a series of increasingly vociferous complaints against the company. On Wednesday, Mr. Zuckerberg responded, unveiling a set of controls that he said would help people better understand what they were sharing online, and with whom.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/technology/27facebook.htmlQ and A: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, held a press conference on Wednesday to showcase new simplified privacy settings for the Facebook Web site and platform.I briefly interviewed Mr. Zuckerberg by telephone right after the event and asked how the company could avoid more privacy troubles with new products it plans to introduce in the future. Below is an edited version of our conversation.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/qa-mark-zuckerberg-facebooks-chief-executive/Facebook reveals ‘simplified’ privacy changes
Social network Facebook has said it will offer a one-stop shop for privacy settings in response to user concerns.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted the settings had “gotten complex” for users.It follows a storm of protest from users over a series of changes on the site that left its members unsure about how public their information had become.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10167143.stmFacebook responds to privacy concerns
Facebook has announced efforts to better guard the privacy of its more than 400 million users, addressing mounting pressure on the world’s most popular online social network to protect personal data exchanged on its site.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company would soon make it easier for users to change privacy settings, giving them more powerful tools to prevent their personal information from being accessed by others.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/27/2910428.htmFacebook boosts privacy controls amid criticism
Facebook is beefing up privacy protections on the world’s most popular online social network, addressing mounting pressure to better secure personal data exchanged among its nearly 500 million members.The issue has come to a head in recent months amid concern that Facebook makes it possible for Internet stalkers, cyber criminals and even nosy neighbours to gain a wealth of information about its users without their knowledge thanks to a confusing system for setting privacy safeguards.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-48826420100526Facebook CEO announces revamped privacy settings
Facebook’s founder presented new one-click options Wednesday to help subscribers protect their privacy, responding to a torrent of complaints that it had become far too hard to determine and control levels of protection.In a news conference, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg chalked up recent stumbles to growing pains. He said that engineers and designers had holed up in a conference room in their Palo Alto offices over the past three weeks to work on new privacy settings.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/26/AR2010052605145.htmlDo Facebook’s new privacy settings let it off the hook?
There was a distinct tension in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s rhetoric as he unveiled major changes to the massive social network’s much-maligned member privacy controls in a press conference on Wednesday.On one hand, he said that the demand was there from concerned members and lawmakers to do something about confusing privacy settings and changes to how members’ data is used in the wake of its F8 developer conference. On the other, he repeatedly insisted that the social network’s nearly 500 million users do, in fact, want to share information rather than keep things as private as possible.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/do-facebook-s-new-privacy-settings-let-it-off-the-hook-62200309.htmFacebook earns praise for privacy changes [IDG]
Facebook’s decision to offer end-users simpler options to configure privacy controls on the social-networking site has received an initial thumbs-up from industry experts and privacy watchdogs.This first wave of positive reaction suggests Facebook may be on the right track to silence weeks of criticism about how recent changes made it unreasonably complicated for people to manage access to what they post on the site.

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