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Facebook changes privacy tools

Amid mounting criticism that it is betraying the trust of its users, world's largest social networking site Facebook today overhauled its privacy controls under which the amount of information that is always visible to others will be reduced.

world Updated: May 28, 2010 00:33 IST

The world’s largest social networking site, Facebook, overhauled its privacy controls under which the amount of information that is always visible to others will be reduced.

In a news conference on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined “a pretty big overhaul” and billed it as a dramatically simpler way for people to control who sees information they post.

Facebook unveiled a redesig-ned privacy settings page to provide a single control for content. The changes, to be introduced over the next few weeks, mean one click can block any third-party sites from tapping into Facebook’s data on a user.

A similar one-click option will allow a user to stop applications on Facebook from tapping user information unless told otherwise.