Facebook changes raise privacy concerns

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You may have noticed some changes if you logged onto facebook Sunday night.

The social media site is redesigning the profile pages for its 500 million users, and it's raising privacy concerns once again!

Facebook got a facelift with new profile pages designed to include more photos, one of the more popular features of the social media site. Shoshannah Nunez of our web team updated her facebook profile.

"It's not different when you go to the main page. It's only different when you go to other people's profiles," said Nunez. "It makes it easier to see the basic information right at the top, so, I guess that's helpful."

The NBC12 Facebook page blew up with comments both for and against the new layout.

VCU students like Austin Seay say they're used to Facebook changing frequently.

"We're all used to it now. Facebook is changing again, time to just sit down for five minutes and get used to it," said Seay.

As for the new emphasis on photos, some users say they're not concerned about other facebook users seeing pictures of them online.

"They already have so many privacy measures in place. It's already set now to where you really can alter who sees your pictures and who can't. People are going to tag people in pictures whether or not it's a joke or whatever, but you can always untag."

Although some, like Nunez, aren't so confident.

"Now people can see really embarrassing pictures of me really quickly. I liked it when they were kind of hidden."

Many facebook users will be checking their privacy settings all over again.

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