There have been plenty of stories about Facebook in the past and the latest is about their new privacy system. From what I understand they have abandoned the previous concept of “Networks” and now everyone is open to everyone else.
The network system was initially relevant when the site was targeted at only US college students, it easily allowed students from the same college to find each other. But now since it’s become global and the networks had changed into countries or even continents it was rather too open.
Facebook is urging its 350 million users to open their kimonos to the entire internet as part of its revamped security settings.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the social network’s new privacy controls are designed are to expose a user’s personal data – including status updates, posted content, and details about friends and family – to everyone on the wild, wild web.
Facebook says the freely-shared data “makes it easier for people to find and learn about you” — but critics claim it’s a actually ploy to drive up Facebook traffic by getting more of its pages cataloged by RSS feeds and search engines.
The surprising part is, when receiving the prompt today it suggests you open ALL your data to everyone! So instead of the expected tighter default privacy settings it’s pushing its users to disregard privacy totally.
It would make sense for them to push this, because if everyone opens everything there is far more for the search engines to spider and as a byproduct Facebook traffic will increase earning them more in the way of ad revenue.
Starting now, when a current user logs into Facebook, they will be asked to review and update their privacy settings. Users are then prompted to make changes to who (and what) is allowed to ogle various sections of their profile and postings.
While Facebook allows users to retain their old settings quite easily, the recommended options strongly encourage a brave new world of personal data sharing.
It should be noted that users under 18 are restricted to sharing details with Facebook friends no matter which options they select.
I’d imagine anyone here (if they even use Facebook) would already have fairly restrictive Facebook privacy settings in place..and well it’s easy enough to keep your old settings.
But for the less savvy user I think they may well take the suggestions and apply them…which is really not a good idea.
We will have to wait a few days and see if there is any major outcry.
Source: The Register
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