Farhad Manjoo, writing for Slate:
The only sure way to keep something private on Facebook is not to
post it to Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg would never acknowledge this, but I think it will
ultimately benefit both his site and its users if we adjusted our
expectations about “privacy” there. You should approach
Facebook as cautiously as you would approach your open bedroom
window. However restrictive your privacy controls, you should
imagine that everything that you post on Facebook will be
available for public consumption forever. If you follow this
simple rule, you’ll never be blindsided.
The article’s sub-head is a bit unfair, though:
You’re as much to blame for the site’s privacy woes as Mark Zuckerberg.
People are confused about Facebook privacy settings because Facebook wants them to be confused. It’s deliberate. That’s all on Facebook.
★ Wednesday, 30 November 2011