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6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained

Facebook's privacy makeover continues with changes designed to make your account easier to manage. And have you met the privacy dinosaur?

Facebook users have complained for years that the social network's privacy settings are too confusing. For the most part, the company has done little to make them easier to understand -- until recently. Amid increased government regulation and a desire to keep Facebook's user base strong, it appears Mark Zuckerberg and company have had a change of heart.

This week, the social network announced another handful of privacy updates and changes to help you more easily manage your account.

"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," Facebook wrote in a blog post. "We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse."

[Get a grip on your account. Read 10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts.]

In the past month, Facebook has tested and launched a number of new privacy features -- from additional photo settings to new pop-up alerts if you're about to post publicly. Here's a rundown of Facebook's six most recent privacy changes and what they mean for your account.

1. Additional photo settings
Your current profile photo and cover photos have traditionally been public by default. Soon, Facebook will let you change the privacy setting of your old cover photos -- a capability it is gradually rolling out to all users. (Facebook already lets you change the privacy settings of your former profile photos.)

When you receive the update, navigate to your photo albums homepage and open the one titled Cover Photos. To change the audience of a photo, click it, and then hover over the icon next to the date. Choose your new privacy setting for the photo from the dropdown menu.

2. More visible mobile sharing settings
When posting to Facebook via a mobile device, Facebook's audience selector has been hidden behind an icon that corresponds with your privacy setting -- a globe if you post publicly, a two-person silhouette to share with friends, and a lock symbol if the post is private, for example.

Facebook will move the audience selector to the top of the update status box in a new "To:" field similar to what you see when you compose an email. This change makes it easier to see who you're about to share something with, which can help prevent unintended sharing.

3. Default settings for new users
In the past, when new users joined Facebook, the social network usually set the audience of their posts automatically to public. This left it up to them to change it if they wanted more control. Moving forward, Facebook will

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/13/2014 | 10:53:20 AM
Re: This is nice, but...
Your activity will appear in friends' news feeds depending on your privacy settings. You can limit this by limiting the audience with whom you share posts and pictures, for example. 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/13/2014 | 10:51:21 AM
Re: Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
Yikes, that sounds like a nightmare. If people are contacting you via Chat, you can turn it off to prevent people from messaging you (these messages will be sent to your inbox, though). You can change your inbox filtering and privacy settings so only friends can look you up via email or phone number -- this could help with the spam messages.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/1/2014 | 3:35:54 AM
Re: Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
I just keep almost all of my FB profile public.  It's easier that way.  Then I'm forced to think extra hard about what I post, what I like, and what I share.
AmmarNaeem
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AmmarNaeem,
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5/30/2014 | 1:52:06 AM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
Irrespective of all the fun and connectivity opportunities provided by Facebook, the privacy promoted by the social network is nothing but a joke. Nevertheless, those who think of themselves as pros in protecting their private information often make ridiculous mistakes; significant of them all is trusting privacy feature in the first place. So, here are top 5 ridiculous decisions we have lined up that you might have taken to trust Facebook with your privacy. Source: 5 Ridiculous Decisions to Trust Facebook with your Privacy 
anon5734271477
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anon5734271477,
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5/28/2014 | 9:44:34 AM
This is nice, but...
If you change your privacy settings and get them all nice and tidy and things still show up on the News Feeds of your friends, all of this means *nothing*.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/26/2014 | 12:43:06 PM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
It's a late move for Zuckerberg but it's not too late to introduce such features to make it easier for facebook users to navigate while on facebook and also assures them of a new sense of privacy. As a method to recover the users they have lost to other social networks, it is a strategy that can get good results in terms of gaining new users and also getting his lost following back. Good idea.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/26/2014 | 12:35:00 PM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
It is a good thing Facebook is trying to boost its privacy options. It is bothersome when a stranger posts nonsense on your wall. Sometimes I get messages from cons (not my facebook friends) who direct me to their emails claiming they want to be my friends, that's very annoying, facebook please do something about that. Is there a way to stop people from creating multiple accounts? My x-girlfriend has done that severally to stalk me, it is very uncomfortable.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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5/25/2014 | 10:30:24 AM
Perhaps a more succinct explanation
If it's private, don't put it on Facebook.  ;)
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moarsauce123,
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5/24/2014 | 5:15:01 PM
Technology Arrogance
Our society is experiencing technology arrogance and software arrogance at an alarming rate all in the name of "marketing" and the love of money. People need to speak up. Twenty-somethings from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft ETC. all failing to adhere to known and established human factors; de-facto standards in the industry and rites of passage. Therefore wreak havoc for millions of people and have to be told what to do because they were not listening in the first place. Do you like the user interface? SORRY it changed again (for no reason) THIS month (again).

 
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astrokermit,
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5/24/2014 | 1:31:36 PM
A Little Too Late
Wow if only they done this 7 years ago. It's awesome that they are doing this AFTER the fact that governments had to intervene and membership levels were dropping. How can people trust Mark Zuckerberg when his core value system does not respect the privacy of others.

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According to The Harvard Crimson, Facemash "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person". To accomplish this, Mark Zuckerberg hacked the "facebooks" Harvard maintained to help students identify each other and used the images to populate his Facemash website.
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