Facebook bows to users’ demands to change its default privacy setting

Facebook bows to users’ demands to change its default privacy settingSocial network Facebook has revealed in a recent post that it has efforts underway to roll out a 'Privacy Checkup' tool to all its approximately 1.28 billion users across the world.

The move, announced by Facebook recently, indicates that the social network has apparently bowed in to users' demands for a change in the company's default privacy settings.

While Facebook's previous default privacy setting made users' posts open to 'public,' thereby making a number of users accidentally share their posts with the whole world; the change in default privacy settings will now enable users to share their posts with 'Family' and 'Friends' only. However, users who still want to make their information public can adjust the default privacy settings accordingly.

About the move to change default privacy settings through the roll out of the 'Privacy Checkup' tool, Facebook's privacy product manager Mike Nowak said that the decision has been taken to reduce new users' risk of over-sharing information.

Asserting that the move was put in place on the basis of feedback received from users, Nowak said: "We want people's first impressions of Facebook to be as awesome as possible, and we know it is worse to accidentally overshare than to accidentally undershare."