Facebook's New Privacy Settings Get the Thumbs Up

i_love_facebook_heart_t_shirt-p235755814861152274stvj_400Since 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.”

(Via Forbes)

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  • Joe

    You are an idiot. “Overwhelmingly positive?” Have you been asleep in the midst of the EPIC complaint to the FTC? All users should be able to control access to their information in whatever way the wish. They should have full control over what they share and who they share it with!

  • Joe

    You are an idiot. “Overwhelmingly positive?” Have you been asleep in the midst of the EPIC complaint to the FTC? All users should be able to control access to their information in whatever way the wish. They should have full control over what they share and who they share it with!

  • http://www.facebook.com/justinrez Justin Ramirez

    Overwhelmingly positive? Who are you listening to? They removed levels of privacy and control for users. I get that facebook has to make money, but these removals are unacceptable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justinrez Justin Ramirez

    Overwhelmingly positive? Who are you listening to? They removed levels of privacy and control for users. I get that facebook has to make money, but these removals are unacceptable.

  • Ally

    On what planet were the changes given a thumbs up? What a crack of bullsh-t if I ever heard it. It’s been the complete opposite. In fact, I just deactivated my account. Now they are forcing us to post actions to the news feed, even if we previously disabled this feature. I don’t want everyone knowing about my every move on Facebook. Why would I want that?? And why would I want everyone to know all of the contacts I’ve made thoughout my life that I worked hard for through networking?? Why force me to share any of that? They are ridiculous! And I hope another social networking site takes advantage of the hate a lot of people have for Facebook right now. The opportunity is ripe for the picking for the right company!

  • Ally

    On what planet were the changes given a thumbs up? What a crack of bullsh-t if I ever heard it. It's been the complete opposite. In fact, I just deactivated my account. Now they are forcing us to post actions to the news feed, even if we previously disabled this feature. I don't want everyone knowing about my every move on Facebook. Why would I want that?? And why would I want everyone to know all of the contacts I've made thoughout my life that I worked hard for through networking?? Why force me to share any of that? They are ridiculous! And I hope another social networking site takes advantage of the hate a lot of people have for Facebook right now. The opportunity is ripe for the picking for the right company!

  • Andru

    Where in the world do you live Helena?

  • Andru

    Where in the world do you live Helena?

  • http://blog.brickhousesecurity.com brickhousesecurity

    Hi everyone, Wow, i didn't expect such passionate reactions to this story! This post is really just talking about what Forbes has to say about the new privacy changes, it isn't necessarily a reflection of how I personally feel about them

  • http://blog.brickhousesecurity.com brickhousesecurity

    Hi everyone, Wow, i didn’t expect such passionate reactions to this story! This post is really just talking about what Forbes has to say about the new privacy changes, it isn’t necessarily a reflection of how I personally feel about them
    -Helena

  • shellyz

    If you are friends with someone on Facebook, and they are friends with someone you are NOT, can the NOT person access your info, and postings? This NOT person has stalked me & my family in the past, and am now very leary. I searched Facebook and could not find a link to answer this. There was not even a link to contact Facebook directly via e-mail or otherwise. Please help! Thanks so much.

  • shellyz

    If you are friends with someone on Facebook, and they are friends with someone you are NOT, can the NOT person access your info, and postings? This NOT person has stalked me & my family in the past, and am now very leary. I searched Facebook and could not find a link to answer this. There was not even a link to contact Facebook directly via e-mail or otherwise. Please help! Thanks so much.