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Facebook To Make Privacy Settings Simpler

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has hinted that Facebook, the world's biggest social networking website, will simplify its privacy settings panel to make life easier for its users.

Facebook, which is the second largest website on the internet according to Alexa, has been facing increasing criticisms from a number of parties including the European Union, the US Congress and slew of privacy campaigners.

Canada is also set to probe Facebook and two Canadians have announced a "Quit Facebook Day" for the 31st of May, urging members to close their accounts because the social networking giant is failing to protect their privacy.

A spokesperson (opens in new tab) told the BBC that Facebook understands that it made things too complex for its own users and that they will work on addressing these concerns.

Zuckerberg, who once coined the now infamous "they trust me, dumb f**ks" in reference to the site's early adopters, had to intervene himself and told the Washington Post (opens in new tab) that Facebook has missed the mark because it gave user "lots of granular controls", not necessarily what most users want.

The site is quickly approaching 500 million users worldwide and with great power comes great responsibility especially when it comes to users' privacy.

Many have started using terms such as "controversial" or "unacceptable" to qualify the nonchalant approach of Facebook to its users' privacy.

It needs to be on its guard; already at least one potent competitor has risen - Diaspora is an open source social platform that could well give Facebook a run for its money.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.