Every time Facebook comes out with a new feature, stories start circulating about protecting your friends privacy settings. Consequently a large number of Facebook users start forwarding erroneous instructions and demanding their friends to change their privacy settings. If your friends follow these directions they are NOT protecting your privacy settings but in fact are merely blocking you from appearing in their news feed. The only way you can control your privacy is by the settings in your own Facebook profile. You can read the complete details of this long running farce on Snopes.com.