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Update: questions about Facebook default for new privacy rules

Facebook today said it will roll out new tools that allow its 350 million users to customize who gets to see, or not see, each bit of information they put out on the social networking site. But one default setting for the new program is for everyone — that means everyone on the Web — to see what users are posting and writing on Facebook unless instructed otherwise.

That's a problem, according to privacy advocates, who say that by making the basic standards for privacy so loose, it doesn't protect users who may not understand how to customize their setting to ensure information isn't gathered on them.

"Granual controls are great and we support them but this very well could drive less privacy on Facebook," said Ari Schwartz, vice president of Center for Democracy and Technology.