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Confusing new settings page

There could be a better way

You're welcome

There's still a lot of control

Fine-grained control in a post

More than three levels

Facebook has made big changes to its privacy system, and you can't ignore them. If you haven't gotten this login blocker screen yet, you will soon.
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The new simple privacy settings page appears to want to take all your wall posts and photos and make them visible to everyone on the Web. You don't have to accept that.
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In this imagined screen, Facebook instead would only change your privacy settings if you explicitly asked it to. It also shows you that you don't have to give up all your personal data to the whole Web.
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Facebook gives you some feedback when you finish the update.
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If you bypass the new settings page and drill into the real privacy settings, you'll find you still have a lot of very specific control over who sees what.
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One big benefit of the new privacy system: You can specify, for each post, who gets to see it. You can even specify who doesn't get to see something.
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Facebook has explained its new privacy settings. But as noted in previous slides, the old, precise control is still there.
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