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Facebook users handed new privacy options

24 Aug 2011 10:56 BST Back
Facebook users handed new privacy options
DMA News

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Facebook users will now have greater control over photo tagging thanks to the introduction of a new privacy setting.

Until now, photos of Facebook users could be tagged by any ‘friend’ without giving them the option to reject the tag before its upload or to have the tag removed at any later point.

The new drop-down setting will give users the ability to request their friend to remove the photo or the tag, and even block the friend. Users will also be able to approve or reject any photo they’re tagged in before it goes live.

The new tagging option is just one of a few new settings that Facebook claims are in response to users’ requests for enhanced privacy when using the social networking site. Others include limiting the sharing of content, such as status posts, links and photos with designated groups as opposed to every one of their friends.

Facebook’s move towards stronger user privacy settings marks a change in policy, which has previously seen the social networking giant introduce features without warning or consultation that users and online privacy advocates have challenged.

The introduction of the newsfeed, which provides a real-time update of friends’ Facebook activities and the Beacon feature, which displayed users’ commercial activities in particular have attracted widespread criticism.

Writing in a blogpost, Chris Cox, vice-president of product, said that the new changes will move “…much of the privacy and sharing settings on to pages and posts themselves to make them more accessible.” He also writes that the new changes Facebook has introduced “…won’t be the last iteration of our privacy settings” and that they’re always “…feeding in to improve the controls on who can see content.”

By Neil Turner

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