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Subject: Tech: Facebook changes privacy options
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 05:22 PM

Facebook has announced a major revamp of how users control their privacy on the site.

Among the changes, items posted online will each have their own sharing settings determining who can see them.

It is the latest in a long line of attempts by Facebook to streamline how members manage their personal information.

In the past, the social network has been criticised for seeming to bury privacy settings in obscure menus.

Postings will have their own unique privacy settings
Now when users are tagged in a posting - such as a photograph or video - they will have the option to confirm or remove their identity before it appears on their profile.

It is hoped the safeguard will eliminate the problem of malicious tagging, which is often used by cyberbullies who add other people's names to unpleasant images.

Other changes include:

In line controls - each item on a user's wall has individual privacy options, such as public, friends and custom
Tag takedown - the ability to remove tags of self, ask the person who tagged you to remove it, or block the tagger
Universal tagging - users can tag anyone, not just Facebook friends. Other person can choose not to accept the tagged post on their profile
Location tagging - geographic locations can be added in all versions of Facebook, not just mobile app
Profile view - the option to see how others view your profile is added above the news feed
Facebook's vice president of product, Chris Cox said that the arrival of another privacy refresh didn't necessarily mean the old system was confusing.

"I don't think the old controls were bad. I just think the new ones are much better," he told BBC News.

"The goal is just to make [the settings] more inline and more immediate, just right there in the profile."

Users can ask for tags of them to be removed or have the content deleted completely
Mr Cox also played down suggestions that Facebook might be improving its privacy controls as it prepares to extend access to children under 13 - something its founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he would like to see.

"This change is really just about the people that are on Facebook today and the new users who just joined today and making it easier for them.

"This really is not in any way about the under-13 experience," said Mr Cox.

He promised there would not be any unexpected changes to users' privacy settings during the changeover process.

Existing users will retain their current default sharing settings.

The first time new Facebook members share a piece of content, their default suggestion will be public - which replaces the "everyone" setting. If users select another option, that will become their default in future.

The new privacy options will begin to be rolled out across the site from Thursday 25 August.

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Subject: RE: Tech: Facebook changes privacy options
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 02:50 PM

This appears to be the most recent Facebook page, and is virtually unused (which is not meant to imply not interesting) so it's probably as good a place as any to note an article that may be useful for our people with "split personalities." [The article is from a UK publisher but doesn't appear to require you to be "one of them."]

How to Make a Facebook Page for Your Small Business

Most here for whom the article will be useful may read the title as "How to Make a Facebook Page for Your Band" - perhaps.

The article seems clear and simple to follow, and explains how you must create the organization's presence as a page on an individual Facebook person's account, but visitors to the "org page" do not see the creator's personal pages. As noted in the first post here, Facebook changes things frequently, so attention to the "isolation factor" is probably fairly important.

A caveat noted is that you can add "administrators" who can edit the "org" page without giving them access to your personal pages, but that any administrator can remove any other administrator, including the original "owner," so it's best to be careful about who is given editing rights - and don't p**s one off before you remove their admin privileges.

The article indicates some variations in methods and some accessory programs suitable for differing skill levels and provides links to some supplemental information that may be of interest only to some people - some, but not all, freeware.

Suggested reading.

Make your own decisions about what to use.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Facebook changes privacy options
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 04:26 PM

Facebook is bad about making changes with no notice, so even when they send out a notice it isn't very helpful. It pays to go in and check your settings every so often.


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