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Facebook VP: Simple Privacy Settings Land Tomorrow

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(credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Facebook’s vice president of product privacy Chris Cox announced that starting Wednesday, May 26, Facebook will be launching “drastically simplified” and improved privacy controls. Cox made the announcement at TechCrunch Disrupt, a start-up event in New York City.

Cox suggested that these new changes would help alleviate some of the recent privacy problems Facebook has faced.

A wave of backlash against the popular social networking site’s privacy policy began following recent changes to their privacy controls. Many have complained the privacy policy is far too complicated, resulting in users’ privacy being compromised usually unknowingly. I

In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company “missed the mark” and “made a bunch of mistakes.” He also has said they are working on a “simpler way to control your information.”

The New York Times published a report taking a swipe at Facebook’s privacy policy, pointing out that it’s longer than the U.S. Constitution. A chart on the Times’ website points out the “bewildering tangle of options” in Facebook’s privacy policy.

CNet.com’s Caroline McCarthy posted a lengthy list of what she characterized as “Facebook’s Follies,” outlining the social networking giant’s “notorious and not-so-notorious misfires over the years.”

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