Does Facebook Even Care About Your Privacy?

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately regarding social media privacy especially around personal pages and the workplace.  Employers can now check up on what their employees are doing during the weekends and some are going as far as checking out someone’s Facbook page before employing them!

So this brings up a very basic question, is Facebook privacy really such a big deal and does Facebook itself even care?

Let’s use the art of body piercings as an example:  There are plenty of people who love body piercings.  They might post photos of some of their body piercings on Facebook.  The might talk about them and might even join a body piercing group..

Do those individuals care if their manager knows about their obsession with body piercings? Who knows! However, it’s probably not such a big deal today as it would have been maybe 30 years ago your manager would have found an open announcement about the matter to be disgusting, but in today’s world, nobody takes it seriously or bothers about what they have read online.

However Facebook provides controls for most of these features and you can actually limited who sees your posts, photos and updates on your own wall by breaking your group of “friends into lists (more on that in future posts).

On the other hand in the new Instant Personalization Program.

Instant Personalization Program, Facebook has selected which partners can instantly enter particular information about you, as soon as you get to their website. In other words, Facebook has made a choice on behalf of users, who they can trust. Facebook has taken away the users control on privacy they earlier used to have. So does Facebook even care about your privacy?

In spite of most of these partners being reliable companies, users and privacy rights activists have fallen into arguments about the feature several times, saying that Facebook users should be given the power to make the decision of which partner can access their information and which cannot.

While users can select to get out of the program, the users are fundamentally forced into the program; some might not even know they are a part of this Instant Personalization Program. Despite the consequences of what is right when it comes to this instant personalization, users also want to be in charge of what their friends can share. While there is a possibility for you to control what private information your friends can give out on Facebook about you, there is no way to put them off from uploading a negative picture of you.

In this gradually more translucent world, the only way to really guard yourself from harmful photos, videos, or otherwise, is to behave appropriately outside the web world. If you do not want to see a photo of yourself on Facebook, drinking at a party, then avoid getting drunk at least not when people are present with their camera phones out.

The true fact of the matter, in spite of the questions of how privacy settings should function, is that we are more and more accountable for our actions for the reason that the social networking world has stretched out radically. Facebook is a tool that has taken social networking to a next level, but they are not the only ones to blame for it. If you are an employer and do not want your employees to be posting private pictures of themselves at a dance party then simply do not hire them! If you do mind then side with people that have the same thoughts as you so in future, your social media policies at work are not affected.

Despite the fact that Facebook does not have a power to force users to share information with partners, a more important question is what information you have placed into your Facebook profile. The more information you place on Facebook about yourself, the more you are putting your security in danger.

Give me your honest opinion. Do you in actuality care if Facebook shares your sex, age, or location with a sharing partner? Well maybe not. Do you think they ought to be able to pick who gets the right of entry to that information? I would hope not. Lets have a look at the bigger more serious picture here, if you put your telephone number, home address, city you are living in, etc you could be asking for trouble and you open yourself up to the possibility of something bad happening.

By not putting all your information together on Facebook, you are in fact securing yourself. It does not matter honestly what Facebook does with their privacy settings, if you be in charge of your offline actions, you can manage your online actions and security as well.

About The Author

Kerry Fitzgibbon

A social media strategist who loves helping others make money using social media. A trainer, author, coach and speaker - Kerry is passionate about social media marketing and in her spare time marathon running.