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Reputation Advocate Reports Facebook Privacy Control Changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reputation Advocate, an online reputation management firm, is currently helping clients understand the new changes to Facebook's privacy controls. As the Nashville-based company has found, social media posts can be especially damaging to a company or individual's reputation, with many people responsible for posting the damaging material.

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the exposure social media sites create. Potential employers will often look at a prospective hire's social sites and make a decision based on the material found on such sites as Facebook. One of the biggest problems is that some people believe content on a Facebook page is private when it may actually not be.

Recently, Facebook has made several changes to its privacy policy. According to Reputation Advocate, the site is overhauling privacy settings, including a new tool that will allow users to request that Facebook remove photos from its site. While users can already manually remove photos, this tool will make it easier to ensure a photo or entire groups of photos are completely gone. This may be particularly helpful if a user is tagged in a photo he or she would prefer not to be visible to other visitors to the site.

The social site is also updating app settings. As Reputation Advocate explains, when users currently try to download an app, they are greeted with an exhaustive list of things the app will access once downloaded. Those can include friends' contact information and posting to a timeline. Instead of going through this list at setup, Facebook will provide basic privacy warnings at first, then pop up further privacy warnings for approval later as the app is in use. However, according to Reputation Advocate, privacy settings for apps will vary from app to app, depending on the requirements of individual developers.

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