Facebook Changes Privacy Policy, Controls AGAIN!

It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means?  Time for yet another privacy overhaul over at everyone’s favorite social network.  That’s right, Facebook has gone back to the drawing board with their privacy settings and tried to move them more in line with those from their new rival, Google+.  According to the Facebook blog, “the main change is moving most of your controls from a settings page to being inline, right next to the posts, photos and tags they affect.”  Now you have power over each individual post, etc. instead of having to go with a general, one-size-fits-all setting.

It’s a helpful change, sure.  But for the masses of people who aren’t exactly tech savvy, another fundamental change to the policy isn’t going to sit well.  I realize it’s sort of hypocritical for me to complain about their bad policies and then complain when they change them.  It’s especially so since this time, they’re making a big deal about the change, not just tweaking it in the background.  But it feels like it’s only been a few months (February) since the last go around and it sort of feels like we’re being whipsawed.  Maybe that’s the goal, to get us so tired of learning about and adapting to new controls that we’ll eventually just give up and go with publicly sharing everything by default because it’ll be less of a hassle.  If so, well played, Facebook.  Well played.

Read more about the privacy control changes here and here.

About Justin Kwong

An attorney in the Twin Cities and adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law where I teach a seminar on the law of virtual worlds.
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