Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has recently admitted in a short Washington Post article that they 'just missed the mark' when it comes to Facebook's privacy.
Recently posted in the Washingtonpost.com is a short article from Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg where he goes on to explain that they intended to give users lots of granular controls for privacy and that may have not been what people wanted. The post goes on to say that Facebook has heard the feedback from the users and there needs to be a simpler way to control your information on Facebook.
More than likely sparked by the recent criticism and issues in regards to Facebook's privacy controls, there has finally been an answer from Facebook explaining that they will make an attempt to make 'privacy' easier. In addition, Zuckerberg said that they will give users an easy way to turn off third-party services, which as you may already know, could be a serious privacy risk for those who want to keep all personal information private.
What principles can you trust Facebook to operate under?
The following principles were reiterated by Zuckerberg under which Facebook will operate.
- You have control over how your information is shared.
- We do not share your personal information with people or services you don't want.
- We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.
- We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.
- We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.
Facebook's Short, Fast History
Considering how Facebook has literally grown from a dorm room project to a robust social network composed of hundreds of millions of users, Facebook has concluded that managing privacy is not an easy job. It is never an easy job when it comes to security or privacy of any computer user that uses the internet now a days. From phishing websites that steal personal information to social networks that could reveal personal data to the whole world about you, it is a never ending battle to safeguard yourself online. Not to mention, the many online threats that users face every day in the form of computer viruses, malware, spyware, and hackers.
From the looks of Facebook's response to users' privacy, it can be said that they are asking for another chance to prove to their users that Facebook can be a safe and secure environment for everyone.
Do you believe Facebook will take the necessary precautions and make the needed changes to satisfy the majority of their users when it comes to online privacy? If you are not completely satisfied with the changes, will you deactivate or cancel your Facebook account?