Facebook Updates Privacy Settings

Posted on: Friday, March 30, 2018

After facing serious backlash from data misuse and privacy concerns, Facebook is attempting to regain the public’s trust.

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg stated the social networking giant would not only be moving forward with more transparency, but he stated they would be strengthening their policies and cracking down on how the data is used. However, just this week, Facebook also released a statement regarding the alterations they will be making to ensure users feel more secure when using the social media platform.

While these changes aren’t necessarily new, Facebook is taking the steps to make them more available and easy to find. If you’re a frequent FB user, then these changes are worth a quick glance!

1. Controls will be easier to find and use with this update. Facebook stated they have redesigned the user controls on mobile phones to be consolidated into one single page, in contrast to previously spanning over 15 different pages. In addition, Facebook will now explicitly state what third-party applications can and cannot do with your information.

2. Privacy Shortcuts Menu is a new feature that Facebook is adding into user settings. If you’re a Facebook user, you may have noticed that the privacy settings were tricky to navigate and lacked necessary explanations. Thus, the privacy shortcuts menu allows users to quickly access the privacy settings with a simple click of the mouse. In addition, explanations regarding the privacy statements are provided.

3. Access Your Information is a new method for users to manage their Facebook activity, such as posts or interactions with others, making it easier to review your history and delete anything you wish to.

Along with these updates, Facebook also reported that they are aiming to be even more transparent with users by sharing what their data is being used for. While some have simply deleted Facebook in the wake of this scandal, others may be trusting Facebook to make a change and handle user data more appropriately.

What’s New with Facebook?

Posted on: Friday, February 16, 2018

Facebook has been making major changes to their social media site. With complaints regarding the upcoming changes in algorithm favouring popular sources and articles, the social media giant has been facing quite a bit of backlash.

However, in terms of smaller scale changes, let’s take a look at what Facebook has been up to and what updates users can expect to see on their newsfeed.

1. Lists

According to TechCrunch, Facebook has begun to unveil a new feature, lists, that allows users to attach lists to their status updates. These updates can be anything from to-do lists to bucket lists. Facebook has been in the process of rebranding their social media site to enhance personalization and encourage meaningful interactions. Hence why the personalized nature of this new update is not a surprise. Lists began rolling out on February 12, 2018 and will continue to be launched in various locations.

2. Breaking News Videos

According to Business Insider, Facebook will begin to test a new section within Facebook Watch to provide users with access to breaking news stories.  It is evident that this tool could be of use as the Facebook algorithm changes. The algorithm changes mean that content will only be seen if it has meaningful interactions, such as shares and comments. Considering breaking videos often draw a lot of attention, publishers can utilize this and experience success during the newsfeed reboot.

3. Community Help Efforts

Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook will be partnering with on-demand transportation service, Lyft and other companies, including Chase and Save the Children. Facebook’s goal is to present a platform with information and services to provide safety for people in need and enable them to rebuild their community after a crisis. The platform will include information to assist people in finding various necessities, such as food, water, shelter and transportation. Kudos to Facebook for expanding their Community Help platform to help people in need.

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