Facebook Launches Privacy Page

In a move to quell criticism over its handling of user privacy, Facebook has launched a dedicated privacy page.
Facebook, which is battling intense criticism over its handling of user privacy, has launched a page that provides updates on content, products and news stories related to online privacy.

The new "Facebook and Privacy Page" is the site's latest attempt to provide easier access to information on how users can restrict access to personal information. Facebook introduced the new page Thursday, one day after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg defended the site's handling of privacy in an onstage interview at the D8 tech conference.

During questioning by Wall Street Journal tech reporter Walt Mossberg, Zuckerberg acknowledged that controls for sharing personal information had grown too complex, and the site was dedicated to simplifying the process. However, Zuckerberg stopped short of saying information-sharing features on the site would be turned off by default. Instead, users would have to search out the features and turn the off themselves.

The new page includes a news feed that will automatically send privacy updates to Facebook users. The site also offers video tutorials on choosing settings for privacy controls, as well as links to a privacy guide.

Facebook's focus on openness in regards to privacy comes as pressure mounts from privacy and consumer protection groups, which are calling for government regulations to protect users of online social networks.

Last month, 15 such organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and sent a letter to Congress saying Facebook has engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of consumer protection law.