Facebook plans to simplify privacy settings

Facebook is overhauling its privacy controls over the next several weeks in an attempt to simplify its users’ ability to control who sees the information they share on the site, reports the Associated Press. Privacy has been a central, often thorny issue for Facebook, because so many people use it to share personal information with their friends and family and beyond. But as the 5-year-old social networking service has expanded its user base and added features, its privacy controls have grown increasingly complicated. Facebook said July 1 that the new settings will give people greater control over what photos, updates, and personal details they share with their friends, family, and strangers on Facebook and, eventually, the wider internet. To make the settings easier, Facebook is consolidating its existing six privacy pages and more than 30 settings onto a single privacy page. It also will standardize the options for each setting so the choices are always the same, something that hasn’t always been the case. This means that for various pieces of content, users will be able to click on a lock icon to choose whether to show the content to everyone, only their friends, friends of friends, members of professional or school networks, or people on a customized list. Previously, users had to navigate page after page to exclude people from seeing their photo albums, status updates, or shared links…

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