MySpace To Simplify User Privacy Settings

Los Angeles based social networking site MySpace said Monday afternoon that it will be simplifying its user privacy settings, as the public debate over privacy in social networking has heated up. According to MySpace co-president Mike Jones, the firm is planning the launch of a simplified privacy setting for user profiles, allowing users to control whether they want their information to be public, available only to friends, or only public to people 18 and over. Jones also said that MySpace will also default settings to "friends only" for any user previously with a granular page setting to "friends only." The announcement comes on the heels of a heated public debate over competitor Facebook, whose privacy policies have been criticized by users and lawmakers.