Privacy issues with Facebook’s Messenger app and revelations about a so-called emotion manipulation experiment Facebook conducted on users are just the latest. Then there are ongoing concerns about just who has access to the things you share.
But, to combat this, Facebook claims its latest update will include a way for users to clearly understand and even control who has access to their information.
Privacy Basics is broken down into three separate sub-menus:
- What Others See About You
- How Others Interact With You
- What You See
The tool is not designed to actually change any settings. Instead, the idea is that Privacy Basics walks users through a tutorial similar to the Facebook experience. Users are prompted to click through a variety of scenarios just as they would on the real site.
We gave it a try and the tool seems easy enough to use.
In “What Others See About You,” users can learn how to restrict people from seeing their posts. They also learn how to delete posts. They even learn how to control who can and can’t see their Friends list.
In “How Others Interact With You,” the Privacy Basics guide shows users how to prevent themselves from getting tagged in photos and other posts. Users also learn who is allowed to “Like” or comment on a status or shared item. And maybe most importantly, they learn how to unfriend someone.
In the “What You See” section, users learn to control the content in News Feeds and how to to filter the ad content seen throughout the site.
This has been a persistent problem in the past as users frequently needed to establish one group of settings on their browser. Then separately they would need to remember to duplicate those settings on their mobile app for the same protection.
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It’s about time.The issue of being on Facebook has always been the exposure of your life to other people. While people generally choose what to share, it is still important to control who can see your details.
I’m a bit confused. Is it a Privacy Basics Tool or is it an information source that explains how privacy works? I ask because I visited the link and it seems to be the latter.
It’s definitely a tool that gives you an overview of what certain Facebook settings mean but then also provides users with guides about how to make certain changes in your account (like preventing unwanted tagging) to help protect your privacy.
In which case, I probably confused myself, Shawn! I’ll go back and take another (more patient) look 🙂
well, for security reasons and for privacy I deleted my facebook accounts and pages all together, good bye.