Facebook Adds Privacy Controls to Each Post

Lora Bentley
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Five Facts Facebook Should Know About Privacy

If the company would remember these five things about privacy, its execs might not shudder at the mere mention of the word.

Would you look at that ... Facebook made a change this week that gives users more proactive control over the information they post on the social networking site.


Previously, if Facebook users wanted to limit which of their friends could see certain pictures or posts, they would have to upload the content, then navigate to their account page and adjust their privacy controls accordingly for all content of that same type. That's what the "Hide All These" button does.


Now, according to Reuters, users can decide who gets to see what before each piece of content goes live on their walls or in their friends' news feeds. Moreover, if a photo is tagged, the friends in that photo must approve before the photo is linked to their profiles.


As my colleague Susan Hall set them out earlier, the changes include:

  • You can approve - or not - each piece of content on your profile page ...
  • If someone tags you in a photo, it doesn't show up on your profile until you approve it.
  • You can approve or reject any tag someone tries to add to your photos and posts.
  • A "View Profile As" feature lets you see how your profile looks to others ...
  • With each post, you can choose the audience, such as friends or a specific group, from a drop-down menu.

Users also still have the option to change a post's audience after it goes live on their wall, or remove tags from photos that have been previously approved.


The changes come both as Facebook tries to mollify privacy regulators and as the company faces its toughest competition yet in Google+.

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