I just completed an interesting two-question survey via an official link on Facebook. The poll first asked to what extent, on a five-point scale from “completely disagree” to “completely agree,” I agreed with this statement: “Facebook cares about its users’ privacy and security.” Next, Facebook asked if I would describe myself as:
- Very open – I wouldn’t mind if everyone could see all of the information I share on Facebook
- In between – I don’t mind if everyone can see some of my information, but certain information I only want to share with my close friends or family
- Private – I only share things with people I know
The survey came from the Facebook Research Team. I’m guessing the first question is not only to gauge people’s image of Facebook but a statistic to trumpet if most users answer positively. (In light of Facebook’s naivete towards Platform privacy and security, I did not.) The second question is interesting in light of Facebook’s shifts from more controlled/private to more open/public. And as Bruce Schneier recently discussed in an essay on privacy salience, Facebook probably hopes most users fall into the “very open” category.
I certainly look forward to seeing the results of this survey if they’re released.