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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wading through Facebook’s newest privacy changes

Interest in Facebook’s privacy settings is growing almost as fast as the number of users joining the site. Yesterday, the social networking giant announced even more changes in a series of revisions to the site’s privacy settings:
  • People searching through Facebook’s user directory will only receive minimal information about others, including name, profile picture, and gender.
  • Facebook will make it easier for users to restrict access to their information from third-party websites.
Although these changes make it easier for users to control their privacy settings, the site still requires users to change the default privacy settings if they don’t want to give third-party websites the ability to access their information.

With more than 170 options to adjust how much profile information is shared publicly, it’s no wonder that many of the site’s more than 400 million users are confused. The GH Spin is committed to helping you make sense of Facebook’s new privacy features and what these changes mean for you. Check back here for updates.