Facebook Revamps Privacy Controls – Again

by Jordan Richardson on December 13, 2012

Facebook is revamping how its privacy controls are handled, announcing several revisions that will be introduced during the next few weeks and into next year.

The plan is to make the privacy controls easier to find and easier to understand. Facebook has often received flack for its “complicated controls.” Despite allowing users the option to control nearly every piece of their information on the social networking giant, many have no idea how to use the controls and at least a quarter of users, as was recently reported, simply don’t.

Among the announced changes is the “privacy shortcuts” section that will appear as a lock on the right side of the news feed. There will be a drop-down box that will provide answers to questions about who can see what and what to do when someone is being harassed or bothered on Facebook.

A tool will also be available to allow users to see all of the public pictures of them on Facebook. They can request that the pictures be taken down.

Plans also include more education about privacy issues, namely in the form of a so-called “privacy education page” that will display at the top of the news feed. This is expected to be up in the next month or so.

Facebook has been revamping its privacy controls on a pretty regular basis in hopes of getting just the right mix of accessibility and usability. Some have suggested that Facebook’s previously “complicated” controls (they were never that complicated) were designed as a way to lure users into a false sense of security; after all, on Facebook users are the products.

To that end, it turns out that you can no longer remove yourself from Facebook’s search engine. This means that people can look for you on the social networking site, even if you don’t want them to. While you can still use the Facebook controls to hide most of your visible information, people will still be able to find out if you use the site in the first place.

Facebook will also be making changes to the activity log, which will put users in view of where their data is moving across the site’s “Open Graph.”

Facebook has been trying to become a major player in the search game for some time now, so some of these changes will work to those goals.

Other changes are designed to help users get their privacy issues sorted out, a contentious issue that has put Zuckerberg’s site on the defensive a fair bit. Will this alleviate the criticism? Doubtful. But it might buy them some time until the next round of changes takes hold.

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