Here’s How Facebook Fixed One Privacy Issue But Created Another



Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) rolling out some changes, and as with every change that comes with the social network, privacy concerns are at the forefront. This time around, Zuckerberg’s company may be taking one big step in the right direction. But, at the same time, it may also be taking another step in the wrong direction.

It was recently announced that Facebook was going to change its system a little bit so that new users’ published content on Facebook would automatically opt to go only to their friends, instead of going public to be seen by anyone, reports The New York Times. Previously, a new post would default to the public option if a user didn’t select a specific group of people to show it to, and that was a bit of an upset to users concerned about their privacy. Sure, it’s easy enough to switch a post from public to private, but it’s also easy enough to forget, and Facebook not taking that into consideration was a point of upset for some.

Thankfully, Facebook has remedied that by switching gears, as mentioned, but also by making the audience selection tool a bit more noticeable. In addition, the social network is adding a “Privacy Checkup” feature that allows users to be sure of what they are and aren’t broadcasting to the whole world so they can make the adjustments they need to protect their privacy.

Now concerned users just have to hope that Facebook doesn’t switch gears all over again with an overhaul of the privacy policy in the future.