Background

Facebook Privacy Basics
The social media site’s information page on privacy topics, like how to keep your account secure and controlling the advertising you see.

Q & A: Facebook Privacy Changes
A May 2010 description by the BBC of privacy changes in Facebook.

Facebook’s Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline
Electronic Frontier Foundation’s timeline of Facebook’s declining privacy policies.

Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options
The New York Times shows charts describing how managing your privacy on Facebook means you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options.

Your Facebook Profile Makes Marketers’ Dreams Come True
This 2009 Wired article says our personal data is a treasure trove for marketers to target us with ever-increasing precision.

Facebook Newsroom Statistics
Facebook’s page showing mission, history and statistics such as people, activity and global reach.

The Search for the Anti-Facebook
Slate’s Will Oremus wrote this 2014 article about why rival social networks like Diaspora keep emerging – and keep failing.

Critics

Facebook Changes Are Not Enough
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that “more is needed” from Facebook to address privacy criticisms.

Quit Facebook Day
A website giving reasons to quit Facebook on May 31, 2010 and encouraging users to do so. The website says 41,190 people committed to quit.

Can We Get Some Privacy?
Mark Zuckerberg has consistently pushed users to share more information, more often. But this author from Slate also thinks users will get over it.

Facebook’s Arrogance
Philip Baker updated this Huffington Post in May 2011 to address Facebook’s policies, which he says make it difficult if not impossible for users to protect themselves.

How to Protect Yourself from Facebook’s Graph Search
Adi Kamdar of the Electronic Frontier Foundation gives a how-to guide to help you take control over what is featured on your Facebook profile.

Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org
A letter posted to the Facebook creator by Access Now, on Facebook, addressing concerns about the company’s Internet.org project.

Champions

Facebook Reveals Simplified Policy Changes
Facebook’s Zuckerberg describes the site’s new user-friendly privacy policy in this May 2010 story from BBC News.

Facebook: Love in the Age of Social Networking
This 2009 Newsweek article shares that Facebook can be a positive buffer zone for relationships.

Internet.org home page
The English version of the Facebook-led initiative to bring internet access and the benefits of connectivity to the 2/3rds of the world that doesn’t have them.

Facebook Safety Center
This article on the Facebook site hopes to help parents help their teens play it safe while using it.

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce Clickbait
A 2016 article from Silicon Beat that shares Facebook’s response to misleading headlines in its News Feed.

Related Topics

No One Can Stop Ad Blocking, Not Even Facebook
This August 2016 article from Wired says the social media site’s new way to filter your ads means it will disguise the ones you don’t want to see.

10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts
November 2013 article by Information Week’s Kristin Burnham, who writes frequently about social media.

Employers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Job Candidates
CareerBuilder.com 2016 survey results show that 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.

The Social Network film
Official trailer for the story of Zuckerberg and Facebook, released in 2010 (video).

Facebook’s Dilemma: When Privacy Hits the Fan
NPR’s All Things Considered discusses Facebook’ privacy policy. Includes audio link.

Mark Zuckerberg – Game Changer
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is profiled in this 2013 edition of Bloomberg’s ‘Game Changers’ series (video).

Other

Pew Research and Social Networks
A collection of articles and reports from the Pew Research Center on Social Networking.

Picture Guide: Facebook Privacy
A 2010 BBC News slideshow that guides users through the Facebook privacy settings.

More Facebook Research Needed
Neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore discusses the use of social networking internet sites – such as Facebook and Twitter – and the effects they have on the brains of young people (audio).

How Far Is Too Far?
A law attorney discusses the legalities of employers checking into potential employees’ personal lives on social media networks.

For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Résumé
A warning to students to be careful what they post in their personal social media networks.