As Facebook relaxes its enrollment eligibility requirements to only a valid email address, members can now take advantage of the site's industry-leading privacy controls.
Facebook's latest expansion makes it possible for anyone with a valid email address to join Facebook and interact with their friends and people in their region. New users are still required to prove affiliation to access an existing college or work network, and are also asked to validate their mobile phone number to verify their account.
Consistent with Facebook's unique network structure, people's profiles are only accessible to other people in the same network and to confirmed friends. With this expansion, Facebook has launched additional privacy controls that allow every user to: block other users in specific networks from searching for his or her name, prevent people in those networks from messaging, poking and adding him or her as a friend, and control whether his or her profile picture shows up in search results.
"We are expanding to respond to the requests of millions of people who want to be part of Facebook, but haven't been able to until (now)" said Mark Zukerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. "About one-third of Facebook's college users have already graduated and are now interacting with more people outside of their schools and work environment."
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