FTC to Facebook: Be more transparent about privacy from now on

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A good news for the Facebook community, the company has reached to an agreement with the FTC and from now on Facebook privacy changes has to be much more transparent — in other words future privacy changes are going to be opt-in.

Facebook has a record of being somewhat confusing at the time of privacy options and on what users share, so it was time for a much-needed restructure on the users’ privacy settings management. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has taken the social network giant to work on eight different privacy violations, including modifying users’ information that they have chosen to be private and the company changed to public without any notice, and permitting the access to videos and photos even after the users deleted their Facebook accounts.

With this new agreement with the FTC, Facebook will need to be more transparent and they’ll also need to get users’ permission before making any changes to the information they have shared with the current privacy settings and override with different privacy settings. 

What it is also worth noting is that Facebook has been doing this for some time now, the only thing is that now they are required to submit itself to a biannual review from a third-party oversight board for the next two decades, this may sound like a big thing but it’s not. As the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has stated in the latest Facebook Blog post about the issue, […]”I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. In particular, I think that a small number of high profile mistakes,”[…], and certainly Facebook has learned from many of its mistakes, and its privacy settings management are now better than they were in the past.

The message from the FTC to social networks, including Facebook is clear: if you put money before the user privacy, you will be stopped. About time, right? And the social network giant is on board to embrace change as Zuckerberg also says […] “we can also always do better. I’m committed to making Facebook the leader in transparency and control around privacy.”

In the blog post, the Facebook’s CEO mentions that the world’s privacy is really tough on him, […]”not one day goes by when I don’t think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust.” He also says that Facebook privacy protection is really embedded in the site code, “We do privacy access checks literally tens of billions of times each day to ensure we’re enforcing that only the people you want see your content.”

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