Farcebook plays down privacy meeting

Facebook has played down the significance of an emergency staff meeting it called at its San Francisco headquarters to discuss privacy.

The get-together, which we reported yesterday, took place at around midnight UK time.

Acknowledging reports of the meeting, Farcebook (innit? Ed.) bosses yesterday said: "We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise that we're providing a forum for employees to ask questions on a topic that has received a lot of outside interest."

That "open culture" didn’t seem very much in evidence when company spokesperson Andrew Noyes responded to an enquiry by US site Computerworld.

In an email statement, Noyes said: "We had a productive discussion where comments were made and questions were asked and answered."

Noyes refused to be drawn on whether the meeting signalled any change of policy by the social network.

However, Facebook’s PR fight-back appears to have started. The site’s official blog today announced a revamped Security Center to protect younger users, caving into pressure the social network had faced earlier in the year over child safety.

Facebook also announced the release of a new tool designed to prevent unauthorised logins into Facebook accounts from mobiles and other devices.

The new login feature also enables users to review the most recent access into their account to guard against unauthorised activity.

Facebook has been seeking to overcome the barrage of criticism it has faced since announcing changes to the way it uses the data of more than 400 million users worldwide.