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Facebook is pushing its new users to learn more about privacy with a new privacy guide and tutorial. The new privacy walk-through will be prominently displayed to any new user that signs up for Facebook anywhere in the world, highlighting subjects like selecting your audience, interaction with apps and games, Facebook ads and photo tagging.

The new feature has been rolling out for the past few days, and if you try to open a new account now, you should first get the chance to easily select who can see information such as your high school, college/university and employer. Facebook is also explicit about keeping storing your contact list for provided emails, and about the fact that profile pictures are public by default. After completing the sign up process, you will get the chance to take a “privacy tour” and learn more about what happens to your information on Facebook.

Facebook is notorious for privacy issues, and while there’s no visible change for the 1 billion existing users who still have to actively search for guidance in the Help Center, every new user will now receive further education on:

  • Default settings
  • Selecting an audience for information shared on Timeline
  • Access to their data
  • How they interact with applications, games, and websites
  • How ads works on the site
  • Tagging people and things
  • Finding friends on Facebook through search and contact importers

To do all this, Facebook received guidance from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office. While it’s a great idea to get new users more educated about privacy, it would be excellent if Facebook could find a way to educate its existing users about these burning privacy issues as well.

Do you feel you know enough about Facebook privacy?


Source: Facebook

  1. Yudono Ra
    November 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

    it's about time facebook ....

  2. josemon maliakal
    November 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm


  3. Mac Witty
    November 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I do not mistrust them but still, I live after: Never put anything on Internet you can't face if it is put on the front page of a paper.

  4. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Wow, that's good. I hope they transparent to all of its users.

  5. Chaos Emperor
    November 6, 2012 at 5:26 am

    help!I cant log in on fb anymore because it wanted me to type a phone number.I dont have any handphone.Help!!1

    • Yaara Lancet
      November 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Please try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, but do try to be more specific with your question. At the moment it's pretty hard to understand what happened exactly.

  6. Terafall
    November 6, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Why must Facebook keep changing things

    • Chaos Emperor
      November 6, 2012 at 5:24 am

      good question
      i didnt know either

    • Yaara Lancet
      November 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

      This is not a change you'll notice if you're already a user, nothing to worry about. :)

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