World’s leading social networking site Facebook has implemented few more measures to protect its users’ privacy. The company has set the default audience to “Friends” as well as announced a new privacy checkup tool.
Privacy has been a major concern when it comes to social networking as majority of people continue to overshare information with or without their knowledge. The company wants to prevent oversharing for new users by setting the default audience to “Friends” rather than “Public,” as it used to be until now.
Meanwhile, for the existing users, the company will provide “a new and expanded privacy checkup tool,” which has been specially made to enable them to easily check and alter their previous posts’ audience.
Facebook has been quoted saying that “While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends. We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share with just friends, compared with the reverse.”
The post further reads “First time posters will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their first post, and if they don’t make a choice, it will be set to Friends. People can change who they are posting to at any time, and can also change the privacy of their past posts too.”
This move by the company came after feedback from its users who explained that they sometimes share information with the wrong audience or sometimes by accident. The new privacy checkup tool will be of great help during these situations as it will enable users to easily manage and change their posts.
The company is scheduled to start releasing a new and expanded privacy checkup tool over the next few weeks in order to show people how to review things like who they’re posting to, which apps they use, and the privacy of key pieces of information on their profile.
While these changes will not make any impact on users who willingly choose to share too much on Facebook, it will just help cautious users in managing and controlling their updates.