Facebook’s New Privacy Rules and What they Mean for You

facebook logoIn response to the growing concerns over user-controlled content that have spread like wildfire throughout the media and online community, Facebook announced on August 23rd that several new revisions to their privacy policies would be implemented.  The Internet has been abuzz about these new changes and what they mean exactly, though reactions have been less than unanimous thus far. Some of the cool new privacy policies include:

  • Inline profile controls: This change moves your settings to a much more convenient drop-down menu. With the click of a button, you can easily monitor who can see each part of your profile.
  • Profile and content tag review:  The new setting allows you to approve (or reject) all tags before they go public—giving you much more control over information and images posted about you. No more worrying that you’ll be tagged in an unflattering or embarrassing photo for all the (Facebook) world to see.
  • Remove tags or content from Facebook: In addition to profile and content tag reviews, you now have a clearer set of options for removing tags. This includes: removing tags from being visible on your profile, removing the actual tag itself, messaging the photo owner or tagger, and requesting that the content get taken down from the original poster’s wall.
  • Tag who you’re with, or what you want to talk about: This allows you to tag any person or page on FB without having to friend/like them, pending the other user’s approval of the tag first.
  • Tag locations in posts: You can now add your location to a post/comment/photo/tag from any device, instead of having to “check in” from a smartphone.
  • View profile as: The tool for seeing how your profile appears to others is much more accessible now.
  • Word change – “Everyone” to “public” A slight change in wording clarifies exactly who will be seeing public posts.
  • Change your mind after you post? You can now retroactively change who can see your updates after they’ve been posted, even older posts from months to years ago.

The resulting changes certainly make for a much more streamlined experience for users, yet the praise has not been universal either.  What are your thoughts? Do these new policies make you feel better about your Facebook experience, or is it simply “too little, too late?” Sound off with your opinions below!