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Facebook To Change Privacy Settings

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Big changes are coming to Facebook privacy settings. Again.

There was good news today for the nearly 500 million global users of the social network and privacy advocates with the addition of new, and supposedly more user-friendly, privacy settings.

After pressure from politicians, including New York State Senator Charles Schumer, Facebook announced a set of proposed changes on Wednesday to be implemented over the coming weeks. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerburg even admitted in a private email to a blogger that he was in the wrong:

“I know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The three big changes announced today are a new basic privacy settings page that lets users create a default privacy level, a restoration of privacy controls for “connections,” and letting users completely opt out of sharing their personal information with the Facebook application and connected websites.

In an April press release from Schumer’s office he urged the FTC to “provide guidelines for social networking sites, like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter on how private information submitted by online users can be used and distributed.”

Planning on posting scandalous photos, Senator Schumer?

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