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Facebook to roll out easier to use privacy controls

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Many of us use Facebook every day to stay in touch with family and friends.

But keeping your postings private has not always been easy.

The social media giant announced it will roll out simpler privacy controls.

Facebook's changes are designed to help users keep their postings private from prying eyes.

It also simplified the privacy options down to these three simple questions: "Who can see my stuff?," "Who can contact me?," and How do I stop someone from bothering me?"

If you're on Facebook, you've probably seen your friends complain about the changes the site has made over the years.

Facebook user Matt Morrison said "privacy settings seem to be the thing that people get the most upset about when they make changes. So for them to streamline it, to make it a little bit easier for people to adapt those to their preferences, I think is a good thing."

Matt's wife Amy says she tries to limit her postings to friends only.

"I'll get comments from people I've never heard of so that seems really weird to me so I try to keep it friends only since that's the community aspect of it for me," Amy Morrison said.

John Meyer, founder of the online marketing company 9 Clouds, says the new privacy settings are about keeping things plain and simple.

"Now it's very clear and easy on how to do that. Right there at the top, in the upper right corner, you'll be able to make clear changes on who sees stuff and different privacy levels," Meyer said.

Meyer said the new privacy settings will have a two-step process to give you greater control over apps which use Facebook like Spotify.

"You can allow the app to access your friends or your birth date, but on the second step, you'll have to say I either do or do not want you to post onto my Facebook wall. So you can listen to all the music you want on Spotify but you wont be telling them what you're listening to at this moment," Meyer said.

And if you've ever had an embarrassing photo you didn't want the world to see, there's an app for that too.

"Maybe there's that bad hair day or one you might not want the boss to see. You can actually not only un-tag yourself but then also take a step further and ask 'hey bob, can you take that photo down,'" Meyer said.

But Hal Swift said there's one privacy control you can do on your own.

"If you're worried about privacy, then you shouldn't be on Facebook.  If you want it private, don't say it," Swift said.

Facebook will begin rolling out the changes to users at the end of this year.


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