Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Facebook certain to improve privacy despite hitting 350 million marks

Mark Zuckerberg, facebook founder have announced that its subscriber base has increased to over 350 million people while promising to improve on tools that would control what user share online.

In his address, he said 2009 has been a great year for making the world more open and connected, while adding that his company is coming up with a plan to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy where fans could set content to be available to only their friends, friends of their friends or everyone.

Starting with the very first version of Facebook five years ago, he said “we’ve built tools that help you control what you share with which individuals and groups of people. Our work to improve privacy continues today”.

He added that current Face book’s privacy model revolves around ‘networks’ communities for school, company and region adding that this worked well when Facebook was mostly used by students, knowing that a student might want to share content with their fellow students.

Zuckerberg disclosed that some regional networks now have millions of members, while adding that Facebook have concluded that this no longer the best way for its fans to control their privacy.

According too him, almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for the company.

“If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information" he said.

Based on the fans request, he promised to add the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content created or uploaded on the website and also make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings.

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