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.

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