Facebook privacy: Question from a concerned user

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Requests from facebook users to keep their posts private are becoming more common.  Here is a question from a concerned user, asking whether it is safe to comply with such a request.

Question: I am seeing it on face book. I always hesitate to do things like this as I don’t know if it is for real. Can you help me with this? Should I do this or not? Thank you,

I am not deleting anyone but would appreciate if you could do this. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS AN EASIER WAY THAT WE COULD DO THIS WITH ALL OUR FRIENDS I WOULD LIKE TO PERSERVE EVERYONES PRIVACY The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post done! Those of you who do not keep my information from going out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don’t want strangers to have access to!!! However, with the recent changes in Facebook, the “public” can now see activities on ANY wall. This happens when our friends click “like” or “comment”… automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “LIFE EVENTS” “STATUS UPDATES” “PHOTOS” and “COMMENTS & LIKES”. By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page, I will do the same.  Thanks!

Answer: Yes, it’s okay to do what they describe here. By doing so you will be honoring their request for privacy, and setting the privacy setting in your facebook account for the occasions when you may like or comment on their posts. It’s safe, and honors their request.

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Dan grew up in New York State, and graduated from Queensbury High School in 1980. He received his bachelor's in computer science at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1984. He was a computer programmer at several insurance companies, and worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for ten years. In July of 2002 after 18 years of programming, Dan founded Iowa PC Services, Inc. as a one-man computer repair business. He is an active member at the Grandview Church of Christ in Des Moines, and enjoys woodworking, walking, and grandchildren. Dan and his lovely wife, Donna, have two grown children and four grandchildren.