Facebook rolls out new privacy controls: Will they be easier to use?

facebook's new privacy settings
After all the hullaballoo about the recent changes on Facebook, which made users' personal info available to every Tom, Dick and Harry if they couldn't master the complicated privacy controls, common sense finally won out in the end. Today, Facebook is starting to roll out new privacy controls that don't require an advanced degree in Computer Science to understand.

OK, so that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but a change was needed and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says as much on the company's official blog:
"The number one thing we've heard is that there just needs to be a simpler way to control your information. We've always offered a lot of controls, but if you find them too hard to use then you won't feel like you have control. Unless you feel in control, then you won't be comfortable sharing and our service will be less useful for you. We agree we need to improve this."
The changes, in a nutshell, include a 'master' control that will let you pick what you're comfortable sharing on Facebook. Another change will reduce the amount of info that must be visible to everyone on Facebook, i.e. your friends and connections no longer have to be viewable by everyone. A third change will make it easier to control what applications and websites can access your info -- one click, and you can opt out of sharing your info outside of Facebook.

These privacy changes will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks -- for more information on what these changes will look like visit Facebook's privacy guide.

Have you checked out the new privacy controls yet? Are they easier to understand? Sound off below.

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