Large groups of users are protesting against the Facebook’s privacy policies, and it has been reported that more than 30,000 people heeded the call to abandon Facebook, the social networking giant.
The protesting group states that for us it is about two things, best intentions, and fair choices. In our point of view, Facebook does not do well in either department. Although, Facebook provides you with choices about how to manage your information, however, they are not the fair choices. The group reported that 32,749 users have dropped out from the Facebook’s universe.
According to Google data; 540 million people, who are distinctive in nature, monthly visit Facebook, which is to some extent around 35 percent of the entire Internet community.
Facebook is re-developing the privacy controls in the face of a hail of condemnation that it is betraying the trust and confidence, which has made it the world’s largest and leading social media network.
Facebook revamped its privacy control settings page to endow with a single control for content, which will be useful in “significantly reducing” the amount of information that is always visible to everyone. Facebook also claimed that it is providing its users with more control over websites or third-party applications to access the user’s information.
The critics are continuously demanding Facebook to make every users information extremely private as default, and let people allow all by themselves as what they want to share and what not.
Again, we can just wait, and watch what Facebook comes up with this time, and all we can expect is that it is providing its users with the privacy controls as per expectations or not!
Facebook has rolled out its new privacy settings. Lets see if this time, Facebook has tried covering up the holes or not. Below is the break down, which you should know;
- One Control to Rule All: Facebook has announced it that now there will be just a single privacy setting for the entire account. This actually saves every Facebook update after you login, and individually changing all of your settings to “Only Friends” or whatever you choose.The control will be working historically, which means that all the previous contents will be blocked, and the future contents should not be seen. The present controls will also be available to the users to make the change according to what they want.
- Less information is available to public now: the default settings at Facebook enabled people to see who you are, and who are your friends, and also about which pages you are a fan of. However, now, these default settings have been scaled back, and will no longer be allowing people to see your information unless you permit them.
- Less access given to the Third Party Apps: third party apps will be given limited access to your personal information, unless you appreciate them
- Unplugging entirely from Games & Apps: Facebook users will be able to simply unplug entirely from accessing games and third party apps. You do not have to send an annoying message to your friends to join certain application or game. You can just select as not being a part of that particular apps or activity at the corner of Facebook world at all.
What’s the actual Catch?
Zuckerberg states that it is recommended to keep these setting open to every person, referring to the basic info, people you are friends with, and the pages you are a fan of. He further adds that if you changing these settings will make you hide from those people who are searching for you, whereas you can control the setting individually, and you can still hide information, leaving your identity open to public searching. Facebook is a business, and it does not prefer that anyone hide its publicly available information.
The question here arises that will the critics that has been occurring in the last few days will be satisfied or not?
Making it short, the word is Yes! It is expected that Facebook will now give its users will clear privacy settings, and brief access to every users’ privacy controls and settings. Facebook should realize the power has strength that comes from its users, and their satisfaction should be the prior concern. And, in case Facebook does not cater to the concerns of its users, they will indeed be losing the greatest social networking market share, and soon would be dead. Time will make the users decide if the step taken by Facebook should be applauded or still Facebook has to cover a long way to attain perfection and confidence!
Facebook is having a bad time these days! And it has heard that soon it will appear before a federal judge in Canada. This enduring controversy is concerned with the privacy settings of Facebook. The case is filed against Facebook as it has violated some rules against Canadian private-sector privacy acts.
There are privacy settings can be adjusted according to your needs and requirements, but actually they are extremely complicated and difficult to understand fully. Because of this, users have been already asking Facebook to make it easier and comfortable for them. Lots of people have experienced this while they are even editing their personal Facebook settings according to what they need, and everyone just had trouble with it. Canadian officials are taking appropriate investigations and steps and will be taking Facebook to court for certain! Even the Canadians and most of the people belonging to other countries are wondering that where their personal information is going. It is a common knowledge that Facebook share your personal information with companies that are creating different applications.
In case, your information has also been shared, then it’s certainly your fault! If you do not want your information and personal information go public then it is advised not to sign up for Facebook. Facebook undoubtedly is a useful tool, but only if it is USED as a PRACTICAL AND CONTRUCTIVE TOOL!!