Facebook’s privacy changes – updated

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Since last week’s post about Facebook’s privacy changes, the social network website has remained a prominent news story. Facebook have announced that the privacy options available to users will be made easier and placed on one page, as predicted. In a post on Facebook yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the evolvement of Facebook before announcing it was time to make ‘information control’ easier.

The number one thing we’ve heard is that there just needs to be a simpler way to control your information. We’ve always offered a lot of controls, but if you find them too hard to use then you won’t feel like you have control.

The issue itself has even reached congress, with the Telegraph reporting that Facebook will put the privacy changes to US congress quoting that “politicians have been among the most vocal critics of Facebook’s privacy changes”.

The question is – are these changes enough, and has this episode damaged Facebook’s reputation? Before the changes were announced, Mashable reported that from a PR perspective Facebook have appeared to ignored their users concerns. Furthermore, they report that Zuckerberg has admitted to making “a bunch of mistakes”.

Today, even after the privacy changes have been announced, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have said that more is needed from Facebook, as the BBC reports.

“I don’t know whether these reforms on their own are going to satisfy the overwhelming force for change and reform.”

What do you think? Have you noticed the changed privacy settings? Mashable have today produced a guide to show you how the privacy control works. At Sign-Up.to, we’re curious to see what Facebook will do next, and if these changes will put the matter to rest. If you have any comments about this subject please leave them in the box below!