Thursday, Facebook will be speaking with hill staffers about the company’s new privacy settings which are expected to be rolled out at some point during the day (the time of which has not been specified yet). A public Facebook event, first spotted by Mashable, describes the new event and also happens to be one of the company’s recently hired employees, Corey Owens‘, first events on the hill as a Facebook employees, which will surely be interesting.
While it will be more of an educational program, as Facebook regularly educates staffers on how to reach out to constituents using the Platform, it comes at a time when the company is under intense scrutiny. Just recently, a number of Senators teamed up to request that Facebook make their new “Instant Personalization” service opt-in.
However as we wrote yesterday, don’t expect Facebook to cave to the Senators’ demands. Instead, the company will roll out simple privacy settings that should make controlling access to date more obvious. Tomorrow we’ll find out the full details though according to Chris Cox, who announced the rollout while at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference today in New York City.
Here’s the description posted on the Facebook event page:
** This briefing is open to House and Senate staff only **
In Monday’s Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told readers that Facebook has listened to feedback from users, legislators, and consumer groups and will be launching a new suite of simpler and easier-to-use privacy tools. Come learn about what these tools mean for your constituents and the future of sharing online. This briefing will include a Q&A session.