Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg responded today to criticism Facebook has faced recently over privacy issues. Zuckerberg announced a new set of privacy controls. We’ve already outlined the changes in a separate post, but beyond the new options, it’s worth highlighting a broader statement that Zuckerberg made in the announcement:
Finally and perhaps most importantly, I am pleased to say that with these changes the overhaul of Facebook’s privacy model is complete. If you find these changes helpful, then we plan to keep this privacy framework for a long time. That means you won’t need to worry about changes. (Believe me, we’re probably happier about this than you are.)
Of course we’ll continue responding to your feedback and making things simpler. But after our recent changes we’re now done migrating away from the old network-based privacy model. Our new model will help the Facebook community grow to millions of more people around the world.
That statement is important because many recent complaints have revolved around the fact that Facebook keeps nudging its settings towards more and more public data. With this statement, Zuckerberg indicates that the company has gone as far as it’s going to go in this direction. Users won’t discover in a few months that even more of their information has become public.