Facebook’s changes to privacy controls

Facebook is making it easier for users to control who sees their information, and to have more say over the photographs they appear in, as the world’s No. 1 social networking service seeks to assuage privacy concerns.

The changes will enable Facebook’s 750 million users to quickly access and modify their privacy settings each time they share information on the online network, rather than forcing them to click through various specialized sections of the website.

When a person uploads a photograph to Facebook and “tags,” or labels, their friends in the picture, the friends will now have the power to approve the tag before the picture is linked to their personal profiles. Previously, users could only un-tag themselves from undesirable photos after the fact.

Privacy has been an ongoing challenge for advertising-supported Facebook, which must balance its commercial interests in having people share more of their lives on the service with users’ sensitivities about having sufficient control over their personal information.

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