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Facebook has ordered its 350 million users to sort out their privacy settings right now, before it throws the switch on its revamped security system.

The social networker farmer in chief Mark Zuckerberg, told its users last week that, "We're adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload." He also promised a simplified privacy page.

The firm probably assumes that this fell on deaf ears amongst most of its users who would have been too busy posting pictures of themelves getting plastered and flashing their bodyparts. Hence the reminder.

In today's warning, coinciding with the actual launch of the tools, Facebook promised its new Publisher Privacy Control would allow users to set a privacy setting for each piece on content they create.

The firm is also removing its "regional networks", in favour of four basic control settings: friends, friends of friends, everyone and customised.

This will be allied with an "easy, intuitive and accessible" privacy settings page.

Inevitably this will be quite a lot for its users to take in, so it's providing a transition tool to walk people through the process - complete with recommendations on settings for individual chunks of data.

Lastly, the firm has promised ongoing privacy education for its users. Which will be a treat to see, given its role in eroding any restraint or modesty on the youth's part over the last few years. ®

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