Privacy is becoming an ever more important issue garnering increased public discussion. Increased fear of misuse of personal information is slowly showing up in a multitude of consumer surveys. Facebook along with many other global powerhouses have at times been criticized for their perceived failure to adequately address the various infringements on individual privacy that can sometimes result from their services. In an effort to address these concerns, Facebook recently put a privacy tutorial in place for all new users.

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Facebook created customizable privacy settings several years ago, but many users expressed unfamiliarity with how to effectively make use of these settings. Other users simply were unaware of or else never took the time to understand privacy implications. In an effort to generate greater awareness of privacy risks, as well as greater understanding of how to best make use of Facebook’s privacy settings, a tutorial for all new users has now become a part of the set-up process for any new Facebook account. In the tutorial, users are made to understand how their information is shared with others, what information is shared, and what options Facebook makes available in order that the individual may control what they share, how they share, and with whom.

For current users who wish to learn more about privacy settings, simply go to your account settings and find the tab labeled “privacy” and do a little perusing. If the Facebook tutorial specifically is something you want to help walk through the process of understanding the privacy settings, simply generate a new account (using a new email) and go through the start-up process. The tutorial will be one step in getting your new Facebook account fully set up and completed. Any questions about privacy issues can be directed to Facebook staff via message through the sites “contact us” listing.

“Facebook’s New Privacy Tutorial” was written by Matt Davis. Matt is a Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to the original article.