Facebook forces users to expose or remove connections
Private affiliations purged by social network
Facebook is asking users to link to education, work, location, employer and likes pages, with connections made public by default.
Profile owners who baulk at exposing their affiliations will find the relevant data removed their profile if they refuse to add links. The social networking site began greeting users with the forced link option pages on Tuesday even as it begins preparing to roll out "enhanced, simpler privacy controls".
The latest changes are not unlike the privacy roll-back in December that attracted massive criticism from privacy regulators, activists and media outlets. Users who accepted Facebook's revised default settings last year allowed the internet at large to see their status updates, messages, pictures and more regardless of any previous settings that might have restricted access to such information to a circle of friends.
Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives from Facebook are due to discuss the details of revised privacy control changes in a conference call due to begin at 10.30am (PST) on Wednesday. ®
One simple solution...
...to all Facebook's problems - most of which are deliberate policy until someone blows the whistle.
Lose it. Really is that simple.
Mr Zuckerberg is never sorry about anything other than being caught.
Dont put anything on facebook.
I got it weeks ago...
and I've now left my profile blank. All you can do with me on Facebook is write on my wall, comment on my statuses or send me a message. If I get tagged in a photo, I untag it nearly immediately.
Facebook is also incredibly buggy; on the first day I was presented with this new setup, about two weeks ago, it was incredibly slow when I clicked the removal links. Then, as a final middle finger, everything I took ages to delete magically reappeared within about ten minutes.
If only I can wean my friends off it and get them to discover alternative means of communication - when I've achieved that, I'm deleting my FB account. In fact, I did so last year but re-created it due to peer pressure and their inability to contact me in any other way (seriously, I have four e-mail addresses, two phone numbers and most of my friends know where my house is. "Not being able to contact" me is zero excuse)
Zuckerberg's blasé and cavalier attitude towards privacy is doing him absolutely no favours. Lucky for him he's stalled on floating Facebook on the stock markets because the share price would nosedive vertically due to stuff like this. I even heard a rumour that the Facebook board want rid of him to protect the reputation of the brand and, if true, Zuckerberg could be forced out by Christmas - if he carries on like this and things get worse, I can easily see that happening.