Facebook is addressing the fear associated with its Messenger application. Some mobile users are seeing a prompt atop News Feed, titled Messenger: Myths vs. Facts, according to a story in TheNextWeb.
Much of the unease over Facebook’s Messenger app — which is now the only way, other than mobile browser, that Facebook users can check and respond to messages — comes from a fear-mongering Huffington Post article and a story from a radio station, both of which have been widely circulated around the social network.
Facebook is now answering these rumors. When a user who sees the prompt taps “Learn More,” it leads them to a post explaining the truths about Facebook Messenger and privacy.
In the current era of data mining, account hacking and identity theft, cyber-security has never been more important. And an area that many people leave insanely unprotected is social media, Facebook in particular. Crooks have begun using social media in a variety of ways, from pulling our personal information for identity theft, to paying attention to when you go on vacation in order to rob you while you’re away. And employers (even though they’re not supposed t0) ARE checking your profiles, people.
Fortunately, there are several simple steps that can be taken to lock down your Facebook account and slam the digital door in the face of would-be thieves and other prying eyes.
Facebook announced today a shift in privacy settings for new users. Now, when someone signs up for a profile, their default posting status is set to friends only. Previously, the default was global — allowing any Web users to see the content.
Facebook will also conduct privacy check-ups for existing users who haven’t changed their settings in a while. These changes were previously announced at a media event last month, but are now being implemented.
Facebook blogged about the shift for new users:
While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends. We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse.
So, going forward, when new people join Facebook, the default audience of their first post will be set to Friends. Previously, for most people, it was set to Public.
First time posters will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their first post, and if they don’t make a choice, it will be set to Friends. People can change who they are posting to at any time, and can also change the privacy of their past posts too.
One of the biggest points of confusion among Facebook users comes with privacy settings. It’s something that Facebook as a company takes seriously, engineers and managers told reporters Tuesday.
Every day, Facebook performs 80 trillion checks to ensure that users’ content is shown only to the audiences they intended. User input is also valued highly, as Facebook runs 4,000 surveys per day in 27 languages, gauging opinion on privacy settings and changes.
But soon, users on both desktop and mobile will see clearer calls to action and options to let them know just who they’re sharing content with. One of the chief complaints the Facebook privacy team has received is when unintended recipients see content, most likely because the user has privacy set incongruently.
So what’s going to happen?
According to a recent infographic by NextAdvisor.com, 50 percent of Facebook users surveyed have yet to use the “view as” feature when checking their privacy settings. Are you one of the 50 percent?
The detailed infographic shows how Facebook users are still leaving vital information exposed.
Click below to find out how you can tighten up the security settings on your Facebook profile.
MyPermissions, a privacy certification firm, recently expanded to include developer trust certification that ensures user data collected by developers through Facebook remains private and secure.
The firm collects data on 70+ different Facebook permissions and their influence on user sign ups. Many times, users will cancel their app connection when it asks for certain permissions within their Facebook profile, as seen in MyPermissions November 2013 findings:
Facebook has an issue with teens. CFO David Ebersman even admitted it in the most recent quarterly earnings call, saying that the site has seen a dip in daily active teen users. Regularly, studies and stories come out about how Facebook will fail in the future because of its declining use among teenagers. An article in The Guardian points to messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat and KakaoTalk as the preferred method of communication among high school-aged students.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook is doomed long-term. Just because someone is using Snapchat at 16 doesn’t mean that they will use it at 25 and so on. Facebook has grown and adapted, but it seems many people still think Facebook is what it was in its infancy — a private way to connect with classmates and close friends.
As more people sign up for Facebook, it’s important to note that the site largely places privacy control in the user’s hands. The default setting for privacy is public, and many people don’t change it. So what steps can you take to manage your Facebook privacy like an expert?
The website BestComputerScienceSchools.net recently published a thorough infographic showing Facebook’s checkered relationship with privacy, and what users can do to stay ahead of the curve.
Facebook is removing a privacy setting the company says was sparsely used, allowing all users to be found via Graph Search. The social network is in the process of sunsetting the “Who can look up your timeline by name?” feature, which essentially allowed users to be undiscoverable through Graph Search.
Facebook is notifying users who currently have this feature enabled through a prompt atop News Feed and in an email.
Facebook is in the process of a privacy shift that would let all users be discovered via Graph Search.
The company reminded users earlier this month that it is phasing out the “Who can look up your timeline by name,” Facebook privacy feature that allowed people to essentially opt-out of being discoverable within Graph Search.
Here’s how you can make sure that you don’t get unwanted attention or unfamilar friend requests as a result of this Facebook privacy change.