After you-know-what, Facebook is making its privacy settings easier to find

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Facebook has revamped its settings pages.

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Sorry (not sorry) to keep harping on about it, but Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal forced the wider public think to about what we should share with the platform.

And as the platform continues to firefight the fallout of the scandal, it’s launching new settings and privacy pages to make it easier to find information you’ve given to the company.

On the desktop site, there’s a clearer picture of what information Facebook has from you in a new panel called “Access Your Information.” 

From here you can delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want shared with the platform.

A much-talked about feature in recent days, you’re now able to pick what Facebook data you want to download. Previously, everything was zipped up in one package with no options to pick and choose.

On the settings page for mobile devices, there is an explanation of what each menu item does, and all the settings are now accessible from a single place, as opposed to the 20 different screens that were there previously.

Over at the privacy shortcuts page, Facebook has added more visuals and explanations as to what the options do. It’s also separated settings into security, personal information, ads you see, and management of who sees your posts and profile information.

Previously, Facebook had settings organised like an FAQ, with questions such as “who can see your future posts?” and “how do I stop someone from bothering me?” 

Facebook said many of these changes have been in the works for sometime, but the events of last week likely made these improvements a priority.

In the coming weeks, Facebook will propose updates to its terms of service that will “include our commitments to people,” and update its data policy to clarify what data it collects and how it uses it. 

For some, the changes come too little, too late, but they’re certainly welcome for sure.





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