Another Facebook Privacy Fail

Facebook has never been known for its user-friendly privacy options and once again, they have revoked individual control over privacy and messaging. They are now setting every profile to receive private messages, something that was until now, up to you to set. I for one, only allow my friends to massage me on Facebook as I don’t want people spamming me or people I don’t know or like contacting me. This means they now can.

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Yes, I can filter out messages, but I no longer retain the right to prevent people I don’t want contact with from messaging me at all, something that I was pleased I could do before. Individuals should be able to control who can contact them and who can’t, just like in emails, Twitter and other platforms.

Money Over Privacy

As if this restriction on your privacy wasn’t bad enough, Facebook can now allow people to pay to get their messages sent to your inbox and bypass any filters you set up to stop them from getting to you, rendering the filter idea somewhat lesser in value.

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This to me, seems like a complete bypass of user rights. You can filter but have ignored all so Facebook can make some money. If you are like me, and like to control who can contact you, keep a close eye on your inbox settings from now on so you can be aware of changes.

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