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Facebook gets privacy facelift

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new privacy features for the site on Wednesday. The controls are simpler but not private by default. You still have to seek out privacy settings and change them if you care about controlling who sees what.

But this does seem to be an improvement.  Here is a short

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You can now control who can see and interact with each and every thing that you post on a day-to-day basis. Facebook is calling this Granular Data Permission. There is also just one setting that turns off access to your information by third party sites and Facebook partners. Prior to this announcement, you had to hunt for this setting like a needle in a haystack.

Zuckerberg also said that applications will have "dramatically less access to your information by default."

The user directory will also be altered. Facebook will show only your name, gender, profile photo, and networks when they search your name. It used to be that Facebook also showed your hometown and activities but now those things are private. 

I haven't really had time to play with the new settings and decide how I feel about them yet. I do wish that the default settings on Facebook were private across the board but Zuckerberg insisted that they are not because people still really want to share.

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