After Beacon 'Screw Up' Facebook Ups Privacy

Online chat coming too
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 1:18 PM CDT
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)
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(Newser) – Facebook is launching a series of new privacy features today, allowing users to better pinpoint who can see which parts of their information, PC World reports. Privacy has been a watchword at Facebook ever since the PR disaster that was the Beacon advertising platform, which tracked users online. “With Beacon, we just screwed it up,” one VP admitted.

A new privacy interface will let users change their settings from anywhere on the site, and a new “friends of friends” option will allow users to comfortably expand their visibility. The site is also launching a new online chat, which could soon be integrated into other chat clients. “Our vision is not to make Facebook an island,”  the VP said.