Meet the Facebook Privacy Dinosaur (a.k.a. @PrivacyDino)

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meet-facebook-privacy-dinosaurIf you’re using the “public” share option on Facebook, chances are you’ve already met the prehistoric creature of the moment—the Facebook Privacy Dinosaur.

The benign-looking blue dinosaur, unofficially dubbed the Privacy Dinosaur, is being tested with a limited number of Facebook users who choose to share posts publicly, rather than with only friends.

The dino appears in a popup window that asks users if their post is being shared “with the right audience.” Users can then choose to share publicly or with just friends.

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Tech bloggers like Will Oremus and Kim Komando have already blogged on the Privacy Dinosaur’s emergence, and what it means for Facebook, a company that has historically shrugged off privacy.

Oremus speculates that the Privacy Dino is an attempt to regain users’ trust, as well as a PR strategy. Some privacy groups are even commending Facebook on this new effort to protect users.

It may be too early to tell whether the Privacy Dinosaur is a cute cover-up to distract from recent concern over Facebook privacy or if the little blue dino is a genuine attempt to protect users from their own oversharing.

In light of this, Abine invites you to participate in a Privacy Dinosaur caption contest in honor of Facebook’s new privacy representative.

Tweet to us @Abine with the hashtag #privacydino: tell us something funny that the Privacy Dinosaur might say!

When you do, you’ll automatically be entered to win a 1 year Premium subscription to DoNotTrackMe ($45.00 value).

One Reply to “Meet the Facebook Privacy Dinosaur (a.k.a. @PrivacyDino)”

  1. Victoria M. says:

    Have the blue Dino. say Ab o Ab o Hay hay hay like Fred Flintstones used to say and then launch onto his speech on which ever topic needed.
    I don’t really tweet, so. Please consider this my entry.
    Thank you,
    V, Mathis

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