Facebook's Changing Privacy Policies

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Facebook had originally advocated for privacy, claiming that they wanted as much information as possible private, in order for people to share more information (Kirkpatrick, 2009). However, in the past year or so, Facebook has changed its privacy policies, making information more public, and making it impossible to change some of that into more private information. However Mark Zuckerberg has made a U-turn regarding privacy, claiming that people now want to share more information and that society is changing and these new policies are a reflection of that change (Kirkpatrick, 2010). However given that Facebook has so many users, and it has such an impact on our society, they are more than mere bystanders, they are not reflecting a social change but rather imposing it (Kirkpatrick , 2009). This privacy change affects many since their information is now available to anyone who wants it as opposed to just a small circle of trusted friends, this leaves a window open for people like stalkers (Singel, 2009) who can find out all about a person, or to theft, since a lot of a person’s personal information can be accessed, personalized scams would be easier to pull off. However, not everyone sees this change as something bad. With the rise of sites such as twitter, MySpace, new personal blogs coming every day, etc it is clear that people are more open to share information (Kirkpatrick, 2010). The new privacy settings are also simpler now, allowing the 85% users who had never changed their settings before (Kirkpatrick, 2009) to do so. It is clear that most people do not oppose to this changes since, over 10 million users have joined ever since Facebook’s official statement, and 50% have changed their privacy settings. If this pattern cont... ... middle of paper ... ...ok-privacy-backlash/>. Date of access May 22, 2010. 8. Unknown, "Facebook mulls U-turn on privacy ". BBC. May 19 2010 . Date of access May 22, 2010. 9. Kirkpatrick , Marshall. "Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Strategy". Read Write Web. December 10, 2009. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_facebook_changed_privacy_policies.php>. Date of access May 22, 2010 10. Kirkpatrick , Marshall. "Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy Is Still Important". Read Write Web. January 11, 2010 . Date of access May 22 2010 11. Kirkpatrick , Marshall. "Facebook's Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over". Read Write Web. January 9, 2010 . Date of access May 22, 2010

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