Facebook under fire after privacy change
Some people hate social networking sites. Facebook, in particular, has come under a huge amount of scrutiny with privacy issues and the like. In the past, people who feel that the web should be open and free to see have needled Facebook for being a walled garden, and as such 'anti-internet'.
These changes were introduced yesterday via a pop-up that asked users to update privacy settings. Like all idiots, I just clicked away from mine and ignored it. These changes enable the things on your profile to be search for via search engines and the like.
This means, if you've been slagging your boss off, safe in the knowledge that he won't see because he doesn't have a Facebook account, you might be getting a P45 this week.
Of course, Facebook have refuted the claim that these changes have been brought about to stiff users and that they are not out to trick members into revealing too much.
Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman, said: "Any suggestion that we're trying to trick them into something would work against any goal that we have." Facebook would encourage people to be more open with their updates because, he said, that was in line with "the way the world is moving".
Critics have claimed that this new mandate will push users into publicly sharing more information than before, as well as reducing the amount of control they have over their personal data. The changes have made Facebook users' gender and location viewable by everyone. The default setting on the site now makes everything visible. This move is to, presumably, make the site more compatible with Google and Bing, and thereby, generate revenue for Facebook.
What do you think about it? Is this an invasion of your online presence? Do you not care because, by nature of what Facebook is, you overshare your personal details anyway?