Bitterwallet* force Facebook to rethink privacy settings

27 May 2010

It's a fact**, ladies and gentlemen. Just hours after Bitterwallet launched a blistering attack on Facebook's deliberate and continuous attempts to erode personal privacy, Facebook have announced it will modify user controls to make it easier to change privacy settings and determine public access to user content. Coincidence? Three cheers for Bitterwallet!

What do you mean, we had sod all to do with it? You're dead right, alas. The truth is that since April, pressure has been piled on the company to address the issue of privacy, and the control that individual users had to maintain it. Protests had reached an intensity that threatened to do irreparable damage to Facebook, so action has finally been taken. Last night, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new privacy controls would be rolled out to the networks' 400 million users.

Bitterwallet - Facebook

The changes include a privacy control page that can limit access to other users with a single click. Also, the user details that'll be made publicly available will be limited to name, profile picture, gender and any networks you join (good news for our new friends from yesterday, then). Facebook are also promising a simple way for people to completely turn off platform applications and websites, meaning information that you've made available to everyone won't be shared with applications.

But fear not, avid Facebook fans - you'll still be able to cheat on your spouse by arranging yankee doodle with an old school crush. Hooray!

* not true
** not a fact


  • That t.
    I think it was my comment about Chavbook that swung it*** ***A load of utter bollocks
  • Vibeone
    I like Rimming Firemen
  • Nobby
    The world would be a better place if facebook security was so tight and access was so restrictive that nobody could view facebook pages, even the person that wrote them.
  • That t.
    Hey Vibeone we should hook up...
  • Margaret F.
    I'm finding it more difficult to trust these social networking sites. Their apathy towards privacy concerns have reached absurd levels with blippy. But I guess it is a kind of social darwinism in action. Those that seek out and use a service like blippy probably deserve the eventual privacy nightmare that will befall them. I don't understand why people voluntarily hand over so much of their private information. For example, with blippy you have to sometimes provide your gmail password info, banking password info, etc. Complete insanity.
  • MDawg
    I think dizeo is going to shake things up when it launches. From what I read they have some good ideas on privacy and safety for young people. Something worth following I think.

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