When I logged into my Facebook last night I had a message about my privacy settings. It confused me. My first thought was that the message was going to encourage me to strenghten my privacy settings. But in fact it was the opposite: they wanted me to reveal more. I felt like I was being tricked.
Seems that I am not the only one who feels like this. Many of Facebooks 350 million users have expressed anger at the site for changing privacy settings, which they say can cause personal information to be inadvertently exposed.
Facebook says that it gives more privacy. Facebook employee Ruchi Sanghvi explained the changes in an official Facebook blog post titled “New tools to control your experience,” which received about 500 comments from users – many of them critical of privacy changes.
Many other Facebook users apparently approve of the privacy changes, since more than 2,400 clicked the “like” button on Sanghvi’s blog post.
Kevin blogs on the Electric Frontier Foundations “Our conclusion? These new ‘privacy’ changes are clearly intended to push Facebook users to publicly share even more information than before.”
One Facebooker, Bijan Boldajipour, comments “This update makes my profile actually more insecure than before. What facebook considers privacy is basically being an open book. The recommended settings basically would make you an open book!”
Are you worried that you will be tricked into sharing too much? Do you feel like the provide you with more control over your data? Or are you happy to make your information more public?