Earlier today, Facebook announced three important – and potentially game-changing – innovations, firmly staking its ground as a force to be reckoned with on matters of user privacy. The new features - Groups, a data download product, and enhanced privacy controls for applications - demonstrate that Facebook has listened to past criticisms about its practices and is ready to play a leadership role when it comes to user privacy.
Facebook’s new products come at a time when stewards of user data are facing challenges far more complicated than how to design defaults and privacy controls: you can call it "privacy-plus 2.0." Today, operators of social networks and similar platforms must also decide how to handle data access by third-party applications, whether or not to afford users data portability, and what types of processes should govern content removal and account deactivations. These are not easy waters to navigate, but today’s announcement represents a huge win for Facebook users.
Facebook Groups: Reconceived and revitalized
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