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Facebook tests function that hides user updates

/ Source: The Associated Press

Facebook is testing new privacy controls that will allow the online hangout's roughly 200 million users to decide who should see each of their personal updates.

In a Wednesday announcement, Facebook said the option will enable users to customize their postings for specific groups of friends.

For instance, a person may want to share certain things — like how they're feeling about the weather — with everyone while limiting the audience able to read other developments — like a wild night of partying.

Some Facebook users have gotten into trouble with employers and parents who have read updates containing inflammatory remarks or tales of indiscretions.

The additional privacy controls initially will only be available to some Facebook users.