The article by Cecilia Kang, in Washington Post, dated 10th.
December mentions that ‘Facebook’ has introduced new privacy settings on Wednesday that are supposed to give its 350 million users more control over what information they share and whom they share it with. They can control who sees personal information such as age, name, gender and workplace; and status updates and photos. In some cases, they can restrict access to photos to just one or two people or allow basic profile information to go out to the entire Web.
These new innovations would enable a lady employee to block her wild dance photos from her co-workers and bosses. The links to Tiger Woods stories can be broadcast to all the Facebook members. According to Tim Sparapani, Facebook’s director of public policy, "We're actually giving our users control over their data and asking every single one of them to go through the process of deciding how they want to share."
All Facebook users will see a pop-up window that prompts them to adjust their settings or stick with their old settings. The site's recommended settings will be the default, and some of those recommendations don't sit well with public interest groups.
For example, status updates that were formerly limited to a user's network of friends will now be recommended for friends of friends. The default for profile information -- including a picture, gender and age -- will now go out to the entire Web.
Facebook users will have to choose their privacy settings carefully, or stick to the default settings. How useful will these new settings be to the users, is yet to be determined. Gather already has these facilities, but only few members use it to restrict the viewing of their articles.