The Vanishing Act of Facebook Privacy

Very good infographic on Facebook’s privacy settings developed by Matt McKeon, an IBM researcher. In it he shows how the Facebook privacy settings have changed very quickly and quietly in just a few years.

The rings show the groups who can see a given slice of information, if you leave the default settings in place. Here is 2005:

In 2009:

And in April 2010

Of course these are all default settings, and if you’re concerned you can easily change your privacy settings to how to you want them but there is no denying that there has been a massive shift in Facebook’s privacy settings. As FastCompany perfectly sums up on their Infographic of the Day segment: ‘Why would they make those changes? The less privacy there is in general, the more irresistible Facebook becomes, because you can snoop on other people far more. And figure out exactly what to sell them.’


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by V on May 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Good to know! I changed my privacy settings last time they updated the site because otherwise the settings were pretty open.


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