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Facebook moves privacy options to one page

Three levels of sharing to choose from

Facebook has revealed it will offer its users just one privacy page from which they can adjust the privacy settings of applications.

The social network revealed yesterday it was planning to roll-out changes to its privacy options following criticism from a number of US senators and the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

The social network has also faced a backlash from users, with some members creating a 'Quit Facebook Day', which is encouraging social networkers to stage a mass exodus from the site May 31.

Facebook said users will be given a grid featuring every application they use on the site, and for each application will be able to set the privacy level at either 'Everyone', 'Friends of Friends' or 'Friends Only'.

"This control will also apply to settings in new products we launch going forward. So if you decide to share your content with friends only, then we will set future settings to friends only as well. This means you won't have to worry about new settings in the future," said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a blog.

Zuckerberg also said social networkers were be given the ability to choose who sees their friends and pages they 'like'.

"We've listened carefully in order to figure out the best next steps. We recognize that we made a lot of changes, so we really wanted to take the time to understand your feedback and make sure we address your concerns," Zuckerberg said.

Furthermore, Facebook users will be able to turn off games and applications to ensure none of their information is shared with these programs,

"Our new model will help the Facebook community grow to millions of more people around the world."

Facebook said it would be rolling-out the changes over the next few weeks.

For more information about the settings visit Facebook’s dedicated privacy page.

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See also: How to use Facebook safely


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