Stateside Facebook Users Still Leaving the Curtains Open on Profiles
For the amount of discussion about our online identities in the digital era, you’d think we’d all be careful to keep our social network profiles in check. And yet a significant number of users aren’t as buttoned-up as they probably should be.
More specifically, I’m speaking of the 13 million U.S. Facebook users who don’t seem to care about using the site’s privacy controls, by Consumer Reports’ count. According to a study recently conducted by the magazine, nearly one-tenth of Facebook’s 169 million monthly active Stateside users haven’t touched the controls at all.
Part of that may be indifference, the report says, but a significant portion can also be chalked up to plain ignorance of exactly how those Facebook privacy controls work. Which, to some degree, even Facebook has seemed to acknowledge. After Google+ premiered last summer, complete with “Circles” — its excellent granular control system that allows users to easily compartmentalize exactly what info they’re sharing and with whom — Facebook tweaked its privacy controls to make it easier on its user base.
To be fair, 13 million is essentially a drop in the social bucket when compared to the 900-million-plus Facebook users from around the world that visit the site every month.
Still, it’s a signal that Facebook’s privacy settings aren’t as upfront and accessible as they could be.
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