Facebook Tweaks Privacy Controls

Social network allows users some changes

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:18 AM PDT
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Facebook users will be more easily able to determine who can see their posts and photos after changes introduced by the social network on Wednesday. But hiding their "Timeline"? Not so much.

The Menlo Park-based Web giant is challenged to balance privacy concerns with growth, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Users want to hide personal information -- from some people, anyway -- while investors and CEO Mark Zuckerberg need to find "new ways for users to search for friends and other information," the newspaper reported.

Users used to be able to hide their "Timeline" -- the single page for each user where photos and updates are displayed -- from people who weren't their friends. That feature is gone, and users also won't be able to take care of photos that are on other friends' Timelines, the newspaper reported.

Users will be able to more easily see how their profiles appear publicly, and will be presented with "more explicit" explanations of how and where information appears on the Internet.

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