Facebook to launch instant messenger and privacy controls

Social network site Facebook has announced that it 's going to launch an instant messenger-style chat feature. Similar to other chat programs, Facebook chat will sit at the bottom of the page showing open chat windows and the number of friends online.

Facebook users have so far been hostile to any proposed changes to the site, adopting the 'if it's not broken don't fix it' philosophy, so it remains to be seen if the launch of the instant messenger upgrade will be embraced or rejected by facebookers.

Facebook are also set to introduce new privacy controls. Users will be able to choose how much information, including photos, that friends and people in their extended network can see.

The move comes on the back of a number of stories doing the rounds of employees who have lost jobs after their bosses checked out their Facebook profiles.

Fair enough, but Facebook can hardly be blamed for people posting naked drunken photos or writing how much their hate their boss on FunWall.

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