He also summarized the major recent changes to the Facebook platform, most of which give users more control over their privacy settings:
In the last 18 months alone, we’ve announced more than 20 new tools and resources designed to give you more control over your Facebook experience. Some of the things these include are:
- An easier way to select your audience when making a new post
- Inline privacy controls on all your existing posts
- The ability to review tags made by others before they appear on your profile
- Friend lists that are easier to create and that maintain themselves automatically
- A new groups product for sharing with smaller sets of people
- A tool to view your profile as someone else would see it
- Tools to ensure your information stays secure like double login approval
- Mobile versions of your privacy controls
- An easy way to download all your Facebook data
- A new apps dashboard to control what your apps can access
- A new app permission dialog that gives you clear control over what an app can do anytime you add one
- Many more privacy education resources
Zuckerberg also announced two new positions at Facebook dedicated entirely to improving privacy, and he reiterated that his goal is to make users feel safe when sharing their personal information on the Web.
After a lot of criticism from users regarding privacy, it sounds like Facebook is making a big effort to gain back trust. But will these changes do the trick?
It seems that regardless of the back-end changes or internal dedication to privacy, Facebook will always have a hard time convincing users that their information is completely private and safe. Is the concept of “private” sharing online simply too much of an oxymoron to even imagine?