Facebook currently boasts over 1 billion monthly active users, with more signing up every day. In order to help protect those users from the get-go and possibly avoid any future privacy quagmires, the company is now inserting a new privacy course into its new user tutorial.
Here's what Facebook had to say in a Privacy blog post:
At Facebook, we're committed to making sure that you understand how sharing works on our site and that you are in control of what you share and with whom. That’s why we’re pleased to be rolling out more prominent and detailed educational privacy information to new users as soon as they begin the process of signing up for Facebook. These updates to our sign-up process will be visible to most new users around the globe starting today.
We’ve implemented these enhancements as part of our broader effort to integrate more privacy education into the new user experience. We appreciate the guidance on this effort that we’ve received from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office, the regulatory oversight agency for our services outside of the United States and Canada.
Starting today, new Facebook users will receive a crash course in a handful of topics during the sign-up process, including ads, accessing their own data, tagging, apps, and choosing who sees their content.
When a new user signs up, they'll also be able to select a specific audience for key information like education and employer background.
Facebook says they've also updated their Help Center to include any recent privacy changes to their products