28 May 2010 | Category: Online
Social networking website changes its privacy settings in response to growing pressure from users.
Critics of the social networking website claim that the site does not do enough to protect the privacy of its users. Some critics even believe that Facebook exploits its users' personal information, pointing out that the site sells user information to marketers for profit.
In response to these criticisms, Facebook introduced new privacy controls. These controls, which allowed a user to set privacy settings for each different type of Facebook post, were criticized for being too complicated. In response to this second wave of criticism, Facebook has simplified its privacy controls. However, many privacy groups still feel that Facebook is not doing enough.
Privacy groups primarily object to the fact that Facebook's privacy settings require a user to opt-out of data collection. They believe users should knowingly opt-in to any data collection. Many groups are encouraging users to leave Facebook until this change is made. For the average Facebook user, however, these new privacy controls have not changed how they use Facebook, and the number of Facebook users remains high. Legislation pending in the House of Representatives might force Facebook to make further changes to their privacy settings in the future.