Facebook Set to Simplify Privacy Controls

Lora Bentley
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At the end of last week, Facebook called an "all hands meeting" to discuss privacy strategy. This week, the company announced it will soon be unveiling "simplistic" privacy choices and tools. Maybe I was wrong.


Maybe Facebook is taking its cue from Macworld writer Christopher Breen (and countless others who have asked for less complicated privacy tools).


Facebook public policy chief Tim Sarapani mentioned the coming changes in a radio interview, according to InformationWeek. He said:

We are going to be providing options for users who want simplistic bands of privacy that they can choose from and I think we will see that in the next couple of weeks.

There's no indication yet what those "simplistic bands" will look like, but apparently all options are on the table.


Whether these changes are driven primarily by pressure from regulators, the mounting number of accounts being deactivated, the fact that MySpace is implementing simple privacy settings soon, or a combination of all three is unclear. But at least Facebook appears to be listening now. A Facebook spokesperson told InformationWeek:

We know we are respected for our innovation in sharing and we want to be just as well-regarded around our innovations for control.

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