Backlash

Facebook to Revamp Privacy Features

It may have taken a stern letter from four U.S. senators to do so, but Facebook has finally agreed to retool the site's unpopular new privacy settings. Rolled out in April, the features drew criticism from users and privacy activists for making people's personal information far too visible, prompting fears that private companies and advertisers were buying the information. A representative for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who spearheaded the Senate's involvement, said that Schumer and his colleagues chastised Facebook for engaging in "inappropriate use of users' private information." The revamped settings are due to be revealed Wednesday.