Privacy Controls Now Available For Facebook Users

According to a blog post on Monday by Mark Slee, an engineer at Facebook, Facebook is giving its users greater control over just how private they want their profile, updates, photos and videos. "One of the top priorities at Facebook is offering privacy controls that let you choose exactly what you share with whom," said Mark Slee. "Starting today, you can choose to make your profile and any of your content available to everyone on Facebook. None of your existing privacy settings have changed. This is an additional setting for those of you who wish to share with a broader audience.

Facebook fired a shot across Twitter earlier this month with the announcement that its public profiles have been updated to allow users to share personal information with an unlimited number of friends. And the new Facebook setup also will enable businesses, organizations or even celebrities to blast out information to customers, members or fans.

This latest change enable users to now edit their privacy page and change the setting to "everyone" if they want to open their content up to the public. Facebook will now be able to see any part of the profile opened by the user for public viewing.

However, some special rules remain in place about who can see your profile if you are a minor, people generally won't need to be friends with you or share a common network in order to view your content.