Facebook’s privacy settings are a mess, making it hard to do something like make it hard for someone to find your Facebook account. That’s changing.
Facebook is planning to overhaul its Byzantine privacy settings so people can take better control of their content. The project is, planned for a while now, is taking on new urgency amid a series of terrible headlines.
Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook, writing in a Facebook release:
Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed…we’re taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy. Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance.
It’s hard to overstate how badly this is needed: at least one button that does absolutely nothing lived in on in the settings for four years after a policy change made it obsolete. We’ll be watching closely and updating all of our articles related to Facebook Privacy as soon as these changes are implemented, so stay tuned.