Facebook unveils new privacy settings

Aug 24, 2011   //   by admin   //   Facebook Info and Tips  //  Comments Off on Facebook unveils new privacy settings

Facebook imageOn Tuesday, August 23, Facebook announced that they were introducing a great deal of improvements to the privacy settings that make it easier to share posts, photos, tags and other content with exactly the people you want.

We recently wrote an article about 10 tips to Facebook privacy that highlighted the most important security and privacy settings. It seems that the staff at Facebook have taken a few tips from their more than 700 million users and made the privacy settings much more user friendly and streamlined.

Facebook has always been under fire for their hard to manage and often hidden privacy settings.  According to an official statement by the Facebook regarding the recent changes:

We made some changes to how you manage privacy, but nothing about our underlying privacy policy is changing. Privacy policies can and should be more easily understood, and that inspired us to try something different.

So what do these changes mean for you and your profile settings? Most of the privacy settings are integrated and able to be modified from the profile page.  Let’s have a look at some of the changes:

Profile Settings – You can edit the visibility of individual parts of your profiles from the profile editing page whereas previously this had to be done from the Privacy Settings page.

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Tag Approvals – Facebook has implemented Tag Approvals. Users now must approve location or photo tags before they appear on your profile.  This option can be disabled.

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Photo Tag Approvals – A user can tag anybody in a photo whether they are friends or not. This makes it easier to tag people in group shots, but users must approve the tags before they appear on their profile.

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Facebook Places – This has been integrated into the Publisher Box and users can now tag a location into any status update. This also applies to photos and photo albums.

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GPS Restrictions – There are now no more GPS restrictions and users can tag any location in a status update or photo, making it possible to tag a location in a photo album from anywhere.

Mobile Apps – The Facebook Places icon will no longer appear in the mobile apps, and a ‘Nearby’ icon will appear instead and will display which users have tagged their location nearby.

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