Summary Box: Facebook’s new privacy controls


HOLDING BACK: Facebook is altering its privacy settings to make it easier for its 350 million users to decide who can see the posts, photos and other information they share on the site.

WHY NOW: Facebook users have complained that the site’s old privacy controls were cumbersome. The site hopes that a simpler process for managing information will encourage people to share more.

LOOK FOR IT: Facebook will be asking users to review and alter their settings through a tool that explains the changes.