Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Shortcuts in Plain English

by Chris Taylor, Mashable  |  published on December 23, 2012

Remember those privacy controls Facebook announced last week, alongside the rather less friendly news that you would no longer have the option to hide when Facebook users are searching you?

Well, those changes are finally here. As of 10pm ET, you should start seeing a small symbol with a lock in the top right hand corner of your screen. Click on it, and you’ve got a list of “Privacy Shortcuts” in plain English — namely, Who Can See My Stuff, Who Can Contact Me, and How Do I Stop Someone From Bothering Me.

That’s a whole lot better than what used to be in that spot — a dizzying array of privacy options in a control panel that was hard for the average user to decipher.

“We believe that the better you understand who can see the things you share, the better your experience on Facebook can be,” writes Samuel Lessin, a product manager at Facebook, in a blog post. All users will see the new shortcuts by the end of Friday, presuming the end of the world doesn’t intrude.

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