Behind Facebook’s New Privacy Control Features

December 11th, 2009 at 12:00 am

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Facebook, probably the most popular social networking site in the whole world today, has just recently come up with new privacy controls for its millions of members. Facebook may be trying to say that it is giving its members more control over what and what information they try to provide of themselves in a private setting. But is this really what is happening with the users?


What may be of concern behind the new privacy control feature of Facebook is the presence of the "Everyone" setting. What this does is make your updates on this setting available to the public. By "public", meaning it will be made available on the Web and not just to Facebook users. A number of concerned people believe that this may be a way for Facebook to make users provide as much content to the public as possible.


In fact, this setting is by no means "new", it has been available since July of this year. But this time, Facebook is making it easier for users to control their privacy. But is the same way, it might also be a push to let users share as much content to the public as possible. With real-time search becoming quite popular, it might be Facebook’s way to go head to head with Twitter with its status updates.


Facebook has been quite popular for sometime now being a "private" social networking site that values privacy of its users. This may be evident of little or even no Facebook user pages ever appearing on any search engine results. But things may start to change a little bit as Facebook may now allow some of its pages to be available to the online public space.


In this type of scenario, those pages that do make their way on the public spectrum online may now be cached by search engines and other third parties. The concern for this is that those who may not be aware of this may one day find it quite difficult to get rid on personal data permanently through a simple deletion of such entries on their Facebook pages, since it may now be available to third parties and search engines alike that may cache said data on their own databases. This way, privacy may even be harder to secure on Facebook unless users really are being careful. It may be a so-called new privacy feature on Facebook, but it may just be something that would compromise the very thing that it aims to uphold.