Facebook Users Better Managing Privacy Controls

Lora Bentley
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Six Facebook Privacy Blunders

Facebook routinely pushes privacy boundaries and riles privacy advocates.

For five-plus years now, I've been writing about employers and employees learning to navigate social media in the workplace. There are lessons to be learned on either side, and unfortunately several have had to learn the hard way.


Remember when the city of Bozeman, Mont., was improperly requiring job applicants to turn over their Facebook login credentials? Or the staffer who embarrassed the Indiana Attorney General's office by tweeting about the political protests going on in Wisconsin?


A new study released by Pew Internet says Facebook users are learning how to better maintain their privacy on the social networking site. Among other things, the report indicated:

63 percent have deleted people from their "friends" lists, up from 56 percent in 2009; 44 percent have deleted comments made by others on their profile; and 37 percent have removed their names from photos that were tagged to identify them.

The report also concluded that younger users are more active than their older counterparts in managing their privacy controls, and that women are more apt than men to use the most stringent privacy settings.


The improvements on the part of users, however, doesn't necessarily mean that Facebook will have fewer privacy headaches. In fact, the company has most recently been accused of accessing messages on users' mobile devices, according to MobileBurn.


Facebook denies that user messages were read, but admits that it was testing features for its own messaging service that would require the SMS technology and the Facebook application for the device to "talk to each other."

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Feb 28, 2012 8:16 AM Stephen Stephen  says:

You still see people without the personal settings altered though and potential employees can find out a lot about you, even though they're not supposed to. With so many social networks available and with them all interlinking it's difficult to ensure you never slip up. But I guess it's just a case of minimising the damage!


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