Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Facebook has new privacy settings - here's how you can use them

Facebook has new privacy settings - here's how you can use them

The settings page for mobile devices also got a revamp, with easier-to-read descriptions of what each menu item does and a condensed single space as opposed to the previous version's 20 different screens.

A tool called Access Your Information is also being rolled out for people to find, download and delete their Facebook data. Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps. But she added that the committee is "continuing to work with Facebook to determine a day and time for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify".

The social network has come under a hailstorm of criticism after news broke that 50 million Facebook profiles were passed along to United Kingdom data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and used for political profiling.

Facebook says an overhaul of its privacy tools will make it easier for people to find and edit the personal information the company holds.

Last week, Zuckerberg said in a statement that Facebook has to do better with user data and promised to roll out products that give users more control over their information and privacy settings.

Egan and Beringer also announced updates to Facebook's terms of service and data policy to improve transparency about how the site collects and uses data.

Facebook deals in data collection and distribution.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has plunged Facebook into its worst crisis in years, with regulators and lawmakers in the United States and Britain demanding answers about how it deals with data privacy.

"Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform", Cooper Hefner wrote on Twitter. "We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks".

Just when Facebook announced changes to its privacy policy, the Government of India has sent it a show-cause notice asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users have been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner, and if so, how was it compromised.

"It is and will remain Facebook's business model to collect data and make it accessible to people with the right profiles in exchange for money", he said.

Earlier this month, whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed political consulting company Cambridge Analytica obtained profiles on 50 million Facebook users via an academic researcher's personality prediction app.

The scandal was only the latest for Facebook, which was already under fire for allowing its ad network to be exploited to promulgate fake news during the 2016 election.

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