Time to Change: Facebook Set for Privacy Overhaul

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In the recent past, social networking site Facebook has received some criticism for changes enacted when they’ve concerned user privacy. Now, the social site is looking to strengthen user trust as it prepares to overhaul the network’s privacy settings.

Making the announcement on the official Facebook blog, Facebook VP of Product Christopher Cox posted, “The main change is moving most of your controls from a settings page to being inline, right next to the posts, photos and tags they affect. Plus there are several other updates here that will make it easier to understand who can see your stuff (or your friends’) in any context.”

One of the biggest changes will affect user photo tags. Facebook users will now be able to require user approval before they’ve been tagged in a photo. It’s a feature that has long been discussed by users of the social site.

The network is also allowing users to make sharing more specific by giving users the built in privacy controls. These allow users to specifically share with only whom they want to.

It’s not a surprising move and comes on the heels of two different developments. One includes the launch of Google’s social network, Google+ which was applauded by many analysts for its user friendly privacy settings (Google+ plus makes it easy to share with specific friend groups, or particular individuals without having to display certain information with everyone). In fact, one could say that the new Facebook changes are somewhat similar to features that Google+ debuted with.

The changes also come after the social network has received criticism over past updates, including a feature that gives Facebook users tag suggestions based off of facial recognition from past user tags.

For many, the privacy overhaul has been long overdue. Why? For plenty of users, there’s some information they don’t necessarily want to share with everyone, whether it includes the likes of family members, potential employers, or whomever. So to many, giving users more control over their privacy makes sense.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how the changes are received by tech analysts. For more information on the changes, visit: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150251867797131