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Facebook May Simplify Privacy Controls

Facebook Privacy: Which Would You Prefer?

In a response to the incredible backlash over its changed privacy practices, a Facebook exec recently announced Facebook would be simplifying its privacy controls for users who prefer "simplistic bands of privacy that they can choose from."

There are no details on these proposed changes, but my feeling is that all users, both new and existing, will be able to choose between prepackaged privacy settings or an advanced set of completely customizable options. I particularly like Wired's suggestions of "I'm an exhibitionist," "I like sharing with a lot of people, but not everybody," and "I'm a private person who just wants to share with friends and family."

Personally, I'd prefer to customize my own settings, even if that does mean reading a ton of how-to articles detailing steps I need to take to protect my information in the way I prefer. But which way would you prefer to control privacy? A simple one-click setting, or a ton of customizable tools?

BeingRuth BeingRuth 7 years
I don't trust them with a simple option. It's bad enough that I had to delete my work info, activities, etc, because they wanted to make all that public. The only choice was public or delete. As Complexitii said, we can't make some things private anyway. No way I'm going to trust that if I tell them I'm a "private person" that they won't suddenly decide it's ok to share my photos with my networks or the whole internet because they're redefining private again.
Complexitii Complexitii 7 years
Even with the 150(?) current settings users don't have "complete" control. Facebook carefully chooses which settings you can control and they specifically choose to make it too difficult for most users to manage. Facebook should force everything public and the few that want to deal with that will. The constant and almost intentionally poor revisions to how they handle user privacy issues are ridiculous.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
whats wrong with how it is now? i just went through the settings 2 days ago and updated everything that i wanted to show/not show.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I sometimes find it confusing, but since I try to make updates on the go, as I hear about specific new privacy rules, new options etc. I feel my page is fairly secure...but for my boyfriend, for example, he rarely goes on facebook and he doesn't have any privacies put into place, I'm pretty sure of it, because he just doesn't care enough to read about it and tinker with it. And I forget all the things I have done in the past to secure my page and don't wish to read too much about it. So it would be really nice if we could log him in, click "I'm a private person" and call it a day.
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