The question that comes to my mind is why is Facebook responsible for what we choose to share? If you don’t want something to be made public why put it on the website in the first place? And if you have chosen to put it on the profile and some creep has found out what you didn’t want him to know yet shared with ‘everyone’ in your profile, why blame the Facebook management? They have clearly given you the option to select who you want to share the option with – down to deciding for every single individual as to what he can and what he cannot see on your profile? Then I hear the argument why do I have to make things private, it’s a free country. True – it is, so you are saying, in your free country, before the Facebook era there was no stalking, rapes, murders? There were, there always have been , and that is why we have the laws and the enforcement agencies to keep a check on them.
In saying all of the above I don’t deny that facebook has a responsibility, rather I think they have done well in giving us granular control or at least their intention was good. What possibly they need to do is instead of making the selection process of various controls so broken down that you have to go to each single component and define the security level, they should have given a list of items that a user has on their profile, and then columns of privacy levels as per list and option for people to check the most appropriate radio button, and also be able to select whether the user wants to apply the same level to all lists or select different lists individually, much like the Yahoo Groups administrative controls used to be about 5 years ago, simple and quick to manage.