Some Facebook Privacy Settings Are Lost for Good

The new controls are causing lots of embarrassment for people
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 10:46 AM CST
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(Newser) – In its quest to "simplify and enhance the privacy experience" on Facebook, the company appears to have stripped away key features forever, writes Ryan Tate writes on Gawker. Now, you can't:

  • Hide group/page memberships: Thanks, FB, says one user who must decide whether to defriend grandma or let her in on a Queer Graduate Student Union affiliation.

  • Hide FB activity on your Wall: People with semi-secret extracurricular activities and those ashamed of the frequency they check the site at work alike are irked.
  • Stop strangers from friending you: The tightest you can restrict requests is to friends of friends, which means people you don't know—and people you know but don't like—can send you those pesky missives.
  • Hide friends list: Friends of friends can always see your network, which makes one user dealing with a stalker "outraged."
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