After yesterday's announcement of simplified privacy controls, we wanted to share more details about what you can expect and the updated resources we've launched to help you understand privacy on Facebook.
Here's a recap of some of the ways we've simplified the settings:
- Reduced the number of settings required to make all information private from nearly 50 to less than 15.
- Introduced presets that cover 18 individual settings for sharing with one single control—two clicks to control what had been more than 100 different options.
- Consolidated 10 settings on three separate pages into seven settings on one page.
- Reduced the number of separate pages in the privacy settings from 13 to eight.
The new controls are launching gradually, and many of you may not see them on your privacy settings page yet. Launching something to hundreds of millions of people around the world is a complex task and we want to make sure we do it right. But the redesigned privacy settings page is on its way, and we're working hard to make sure they'll be available to everyone within the next week.
Remember, your privacy settings themselves have not changed. We're just excited to offer new ways for you to control your information.
We want to make sure you know when the new controls are available to you, so once they are, you'll be notified with an announcement on your homepage similar to this one:
Facebook is all about sharing, and our privacy controls are built around allowing you to control how you share on Facebook. After a series of recent product launches, we heard from many of you that our controls had become too complicated.
We agreed and have revamped the privacy settings, starting with a new main page where, in a couple clicks, you can set all of the content you share to everyone, friends of your friends or just your friends. This new single setting, though, is just one of the new ways to control what you share.
A new privacy guide
The announcement on your homepage links to a new comprehensive privacy guide to help you learn more details about these new controls. You can always find the privacy guide by clicking the "Privacy" link that appears at the bottom of every page on Facebook.
Our new privacy guide further details the four key sections of the new privacy settings page:
- One simple control for sharing: Control who can see all the content you post on a day-to-day basis, such as status updates, photos and videos, as well as content others share about you. In this single control, you can set content to everyone, friends of friends or friends only. You can keep our recommended settings, or customize the settings if you prefer more granular controls for different types of content.
- Basic directory information: We've reduced the amount of information that must be visible. Certain information is visible to everyone because it's essential to helping people find and connect with you on Facebook: your name, profile picture, gender and networks. We suggest setting other basic information like hometown and interests open to everyone so you can connect with friends and people who share things in common with you. All the settings in this section, such as your friend list and the Pages you've connected to, have full privacy controls.
- Applications and websites: This section controls what information is shared with websites and applications, including search engines. You can view your applications, remove any you don't want to use, or turn off platform completely. This section also includes the settings for Instant Personalization on our three partner sites.
- Block lists: This section lets you block people from interacting with you or seeing your information on Facebook. It also offers a way for you to block applications.
Most importantly, when the new privacy settings page is live for you, we hope you'll play around with the settings and find the ones that are right for you.
As always, we'd love to know what you think. Share your feedback at www.facebook.com/privacyfeedback, and we'll be following up with answers to some of your common questions in future posts.
Ana, a Facebook product marketing manager, is heading to her college reunion this weekend.