| Central Penn Business Journal
But even before this settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the site had implemented many privacy features.
Facebook has the most privacy features of any social network around.
In a blog post Tuesday, Zuckerberg listed a few of the more than 20 tools Facebook has implemented in the past 18 months that give users more control:
- An easier way to select audience when posting.
- In-line privacy controls on existing posts.
- Ability to review tags made by others before they appear on profiles.
- Friend lists that are easier to create and automatically maintain themselves.
- Sharing with smaller sets of people.
The problem is most people don't use those privacy controls and then complain that Facebook is sharing their information. I'm not saying it's right or it's wrong; it's just a statement of fact.
Mashable Editor-In-Chief Lance Ulanoff today wrote that the government's oversight of Facebook might mean the social network's ruin. An excerpt:
Facebook is, on its own, and thanks to the FTC, adding layer upon layer of oversight. The only logical outcome from this is fewer products and less innovation. That's right; flashes of brilliance like Timeline could be few and far between as they get stuck in continual privacy review loops. Eagan, Richter and the FTC could all err on the side of caution, which essentially means steering the Facebook bus over to the shoulder and not driving at all.
This is your fault. Well, not yours exactly, but every single person who complained about privacy breaches as if someone was stealing their baby. You joined Facebook by the millions (along with a number of other prominent social networks) and have fully embraced all that they give you: new connections, more consistent interaction with close and distant relatives, discovery, entertainment and games, and a way to see your life as never before (you really need to check out Timeline). Yet, for every Facebook privacy misstep you sought to take Facebook and Zuckerberg to the woodshed.
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal.