With growing pressure from many of the users on Facebook, the social networking site is being reported to have called an “all hands” meeting tomorrow (or today if you live in California) to discuss the overall privacy strategies that have actually done the opposite of what the company wants – push people away instead of making more people sign up to the service.
This seems to be damage control over the numerous changes in privacy and a backlash on several comments supposedly made by a Facebook developer about CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s view on a user’s privacy. Even a New York Times Q&A session with Elliot Schrage, the Vice President for Public Policy, didn’t change the tide.
“Clearly, we need to rethink the tempo of change and how we communicate it. Trust me. We’ll do better,” Schrage wrote.
Also from the New York Times, which I thought you should have a look at, is an infographic about Facebook’s privacy settings. Turns out, it has grown from 1,004 words to 5,830 words and is even longer than the US Constitution.
What would be changed? It is most likely that the changes would include an opt-in shift, or the removal, of the Instant Personalisation service and even make it more clearer to change the settings of someone’s privacy. You know, you could always did what Google Buzz did – force everyone to change their settings. And yet, when they make it simple, they reduce some functions – leading us to complain even more. There’s the circle of life.
However, we have to admit this: we can’t have Facebook to provide an easier way of changing settings while also wanting more controls. But there is a way: just give two damn options – one for privacy-conscious, changing every single item that is accessible, and another for those who aren’t conscious about privacy and have some pre-made settings. Is that hard, Facebook?