The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

Recently, Facebook has gotten on the bad side of most people, from politicians to security experts to casual folks, everyone is starting to realize just how little Zuckman and his Facebook care about their users’ privacy.

At first, it was concerns about the latest “Like” feature that was popping up on 3rd party websites, then there was the leaked chat log in which Mark, the founder of Facebook, called his user’s “Dumb fucks” for trusting him with their information and he offered to share it.

Some have dismissed the chat as being too old to be relevant but the next story that broke proved it to be a very relevant issue. News broke that Facebook and other social networks have been sending private user information such as the usernames and ID’s allowing advertisers to track down specific profiles and gather more information about who clicked their ads. The Facebook PR machine just couldn’t catch a break lately and has been hammered hard on the issue to the extent that even a mere promise of being a Facebook Alternative made funding rain down on the start-up open source social media network Diaspora, allowing them to achieve their funding target in a phenomenally short period of time.

All these changes, the sadistic labyrinth that is the Facebook privacy settings, and the huge number of people that are vowing to leave the service, make a person think if Facebook reached its tipping point on privacy? How has privacy changed across the history of Facebook?

Therefore, I found this illustration wonderful to answer these questions and illuminate the evolution of privacy on Facebook.

Facebook privacy 2005

Facebook privacy 2005

Facebook privacy 2006

Facebook privacy 2006

Facebook privacy 2007

Facebook privacy 2007

Facebook privacy 2009 (Nov)

Facebook privacy 2009 (Nov)

Facebook privacy 2009 (Dec)

Facebook privacy 2009 (Dec)

Facebook privacy 2010 (Apr)

Facebook privacy 2010 (Apr)

Comments and Reactions

  • Beiruta

    I wouldn't call it evolution, rather, devolution! I think Facebook's privacy settings have been slowly yet surely deteriorating with time and as the company grows!

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