Facebook Promotes More Profile Privacy Awareness

I think it’s safe to say that everyone in this class has, or at one point, had a Facebook account.  I also think that all of us have been told by either our parents or some other authority figure, “Make sure nothing bad ends up on your Facebook page, you don’t know who can see that.”  And as teenagers, we ignored them and thought that no one besides our friends could possibly see all our information on our profile.  However, we could not have been more wrong.  As Facebook kept growing, it became more and more difficult to fully secure your profile.  Profile privacy is a very big concern, especially with people joining Facebook at a younger age.  In response, Facebook is taking steps to educate its users on how to properly use the site’s privacy settings and prevent unwanted users from seeing your profile.

Facebook is teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General to create informational webpages and videos that aim to educate kids and their parents about profile privacy.  These videos will be promoted on Facebook as well as other informational websites.    There will also be a separate Facebook page where Facebook’s safety team will answer any questions about security on the site.  I believe Facebook is headed in the right direction and should continue to spread the word to all of its users about how to protect their profiles.

One question that arises from this, is whether or not the younger members of Facebook will care enough protect their profile.  Teens believe they are indestructible and often think nothing bad will ever happen to them.  However, profile security is a huge issue and it needs to be handled correctly.  I think that Facebook is smart by trying to educate the parents of the children as well as the children themselves.  However, not all parents are technologically savvy enough to help their kids protect their profiles, therefore all the burden falls on the kids.  I believe that Facebook definitely has the resources to make kids aware of how big a problem profile privacy is but they have to reach them from the beginning.  As soon as they sign up for Facebook, they should have to watch a video describing how to protect their profile in order to activate their account.  People will start protecting their profile if they realize how much of an issue it is, and I think Facebook is doing a good job of trying to raise the awareness level for its users.

Here’s a link if you want to read more about this topic. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-state-attorneys-general-team-educate-teens-parents/story?id=18951226#.UW3wMrWyCSo

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6 thoughts on “Facebook Promotes More Profile Privacy Awareness

  1. This is a great post and I’ve always wondered about Facebook privacy in the past. Parents and elders often warn “protect your Facebook profile”, especially before going on a job interview. However, I’ve often tried to block my pictures/ profile and have had difficulty doing this. Friends have also expressed concerns regarding this matter. I think it’s great that Facebook is being more proactive in order to help privacy issues. While Facebook can be a great thing, there is certainly a double-edged sword with Facebook (particularly when it comes to employers having access to your page). I also agree with you that Facebook should have users watch a video educating about privacy. Privacy controls should not be as complicated as they are, and I’m happy to hear that Facebook is doing more to educate and protect users.

  2. This is an interesting post about how Facebook’s privacy settings have evolved during its existence. Privacy has become a large topic of Facebook, as Facebook users are beginning to see what people use the information they leave public for. For example, employers have started using Facebook to research about their potential employees to see if they are really the person they market themselves as. Through the development of Facebook and other social media sites connectivity has become much easier, but privacy has become much harder to maintain. I think by Facebook trying to make their privacy settings more user friendly, they are trying to diminish the negative effects of the double-edged sword of technology. They are attempting to maintain their productivity, while keeping their users safe. Great post!

  3. I really appreciate what Facebook is trying to do here and I feel that they’re taking the correct approach to privacy. There’s little that Facebook can do to actually limit the information that users actually give away or hint at (ex. names, ages, locations, job history, friends, places they go, etc), so the next best thing is to raise users’ awareness about privacy and I’m glad Facebook has chosen this path. Many Facebook users, myself included, take our privacy for granted and simply ignore or never get around to updating our privacy settings. If Facebook starts taking a more active approach to privacy where information and videos on privacy settings are front-and-center on Facebook, I’m sure that more users will start caring more about their privacy. Great post.

  4. I think that this is a great idea for Facebook to do as there has been a lot of speculation about how much privacy you have on social networking sites. It is good for people to be educated about privacy because a lot of things on social networking sites can come back to hurt you later in life such as an old picture brought up in a job interview. They should make it mandatory for all users to watch the video because it will be rarely watched if it is not made mandatory. I believe that many users will ignore these precautions and post whatever they want to, but also many people that did not know the consequences will make more of an effort to increase the privacy of their accounts.

  5. I think that it is great that Facebook is starting to promote privacy on their pages. I’ve always had trouble making things on my page private, and I think that this is a very good idea on Facebook’s part, because I feel that this will encourage more people to create a Facebook page. I think that this is a smart idea to make their privacy settings more prevalent, and I’m glad that this post is bringing it to the attention of college students, the people most likely to have Facebook pages.

  6. Interesting post. I like your perspective because now a days most complaints you hear about Facebook are that it is not private enough, and that our information is out there for everyone to see. I do, however, think that people still need to be careful about what they post on social media. Once it’s out there, it’s out there and there really is no turning back.

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