Facebook has recognised this and changed its default privacy settings for statuses to “Friends Only” rather than the old fashioned way with it being automatically set to “Public” as it has been since 2009.
Facebook commented on the change, saying: “We recognise that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse,”
The privacy alteration is mainly for newer users who may not understand how to change the setting themselves. New users will be prompted with a pop-up reminder on which audience option they wish to select while they’re getting used to how the site works; and if they choose to ignore it, “Friends Only” will be the default selection.
It’s not all about new members though, already existing members will also be able to use a new Checkup tool that will make sure they’re happy with the level of privacy already in place, with the option of changing it if needs be.
If you’re one of those people though with thousands of Followers however, you’d better make sure to check your settings before you post or your minions won’t be able to see how much fun you’re having.
So whether you’re a newbie or been a member for years, Facebook are finally making it easier to control who sees the fruits of your mind with the simple change of a default setting.