Facebook Caves on Privacy Intrusions

Facebook has taken massive grief recently because of the changes they made to their social network’s privacy settings. They claim they wanted to give users more “granularity” over options. In fact, what they was confuse most users and many of us ended up exposed to third-party promos whether we wanted to or not.

Today, Facebook CEO Mark Drucker announced they are giving users back their easy to use privacy settings. From Computerworld,

In a column published today in the Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the company has made mistakes in its continuing push to further enable social connections, and that Facebook hopes to soon introduce new, easier-to-use privacy settings and make it simpler for users to make sure their personal information isn’t shared with third-party Web sites.

In the past month, there has been growing user unrest and anger that Facebook is playing too fast and loose with information about its users.

In April, Facebook unveiled a bevy of tools aimed at extending its reach by letting user information be shared with other Web sites.

That move caused an uprising among users and prompted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to write an open letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to set up privacy guidelines for all social networking sites, including Facebook and rivals Twitter and MySpace.

That led to a meeting between Facebook executives and members of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s staff.

Gottheil said Facebook has some work to do to repair its image.

Ya think?!

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