Since Facebook released their privacy changes last week, the reception to the new changes has been overwhelmingly positive. This is in high contrast to some of Facebook’s previous changes to the system, like their controversial Beacon feature which broadcasted information about a user’s activities on the web. This feature was very quickly removed and it resulted in a whopping $9.5 million settlement for some lucky Facebook members.
This time around Facebook was much more careful before they went ahead and implemented any radical new changes pertaining to user’s privacy. Facebook started testing out the changes as far back as June, when they announced a limited beta release which involved more than 1 million testers. Additionally, the company even took the extra steps to consult advocacy groups and offered them in-advance briefings through a non disclosure agreement.
Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt says. “The scale that we tested this on dwarfs anything else that we’ve done before ….. Facebook is the scale of a country. Just like in any country where a policy change affects all of the people, there will be people who like that change and people who don’t like that change. We did our best to split those differences.”