Tag Archives: Privacy

Facebook adds Application Privacy Settings

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Last december the worlds largest social media website “Facebook” released a update on its users privacy settings. The privacy settings allowed use to select who can do what, and who can see a particle thing such as a photo.

In an announcement today Facebook has announced that they are releasing a another privacy settings update. This update will allow users to control there privacy settings for applications. Tho Facebook has already allowed users to select what applications can pull from your account, they are now allowing users to select what applications can do.

One of the major new settings being added is the option to select what friends can view a published post. For example if you are a “Farmville” or “Resturant City” users, you are aware that the application will request to publish an update to you wall, usally when you level up or win an item.

Facebook has also commented on what the new settings will allow user to use or select:

  • “These new controls give you the power to determine who sees the content you post to Facebook through any third-party application, whether it is on Facebook.com, your desktop, mobile phone, or from a Facebook Connect website or service. Seesmic, a desktop application from which you can view and update your News Feed, will soon offer extended privacy options so you can specify audiences for each update you make from the application, such as uploaded photos and status updates.”

The new update will also allow users to select application to automatically post things to your wall, instead of interupting your game with a pop up perrmisison message.

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Facebook Privacy Settings Rolling Out

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So a week ago Facebook announced that they are releasing privacy tools to its members. Today Facebook has started to roll out the new privacy tools to its members, and released a introduction and some faq to its blog.

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In the blog release it outlines some of the features, and how they work. One of the main features that stick out, that has been asked by a majority of Facebook members. Limiting access to people on your friends list.

Here is a list of new features being rolled out

  1. The ability to limit change the visibility of your friends list to other people.
  2. Prevent applications from posting on your wall, and certain people.
  3. Changing the visible of your profile
  4. New privacy options for applications

There are more settings also being released as well. These settings are being released in a roll out update. This means that only a certain percent of members will get these settings one by one. So your friends could have these new settings, and other people won’t. “This is to ensure a smooth release” to their users

Facebook is also still to make a FAQ and information on all of their new settings, in there help centre.

The most amazing part of these new settings is that Facebook has made the new privacy tools based on user feedback, and what has been recommended by third parties. Hopefully these new settings among with previous updates will be able to help the mass majority of its users.

The new question is how many people will take the time out to match the settings to each persons personal privacy requirements. And will their be some type of conflict between its users? And how will these settings help us? Will we be able to hide certain bits of information to certain users? And how successful will this release be?

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Facebook Privacy Changes Upcoming…

facebook-logo-square-webtreatsetcWhen Facebook first started out in 2004. Facebook gave users the ability to change privacy settings according to School, college’s etc.. Then after a while allowing people to change privacy settings to regions or countries.

Today Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a rare open letter on the Facebook blog. This letter has outlined that they will be removing the networks communities in the next few weeks for new settings options. These options will allow users to allow, and deny which users can see what.

Zuckerberg states that “You’ll see a message that will explain the changes and take you to a page where you can update your settings”.  Zuckerberg has also encouraged users to select their settings towards their current privacy standards.

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