Of course, social media is all about our personal information, which is exactly the reason that so many of us are so protective of our identities. Facebook’s newest proposed changes are yet another shot fired in the battle for Internet privacy and user information protection.
Public Reacts Negatively to Proposed Facebook Privacy Changes
Surprisingly, Facebook is backing down amid this criticism. The LA Times actually makes it pretty easy to understand why:
“Six consumer watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes that they say would make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users — including teens — to endorse products in ads without their consent.”
Seems like a not very cool move, Facebook. The rest of the world agrees.
Facebook Argues It’s Aiming for Clarity, Simplicity
The new language gives Facebook the right to use its members’ information, unless they specifically deny Facebook permission to do so. Oh, and the changes come along with changes made by Facebook which make it tougher for anyone to actually opt out of this policy.
Watchdog groups are also super upset about the fact that Facebook’s new policy changes basically make it so that parents or guardians of users under 18 essentially agree to the terms on the youngster’s behalf.
Privacy Concerns Are Nothing New for Facebook
It’s relatively clear that they’re trying to avoid any more serious backlash than that which they’ve already incurred.
Or is this maybe something that should be consistently updated, as the Internet is a platform that’s always growing and changing?
Let us know in the comments.