Facebook has gone on to announce all new privacy shortcuts, tools and new controls that will allow you to delete Facebook data, however, they had gone on to state that these were in works even before the scandal of Cambridge Analytica came to surface.
The new privacy changes are being designed so as to allow users gain more control over their data and come amid continued outrage over the company’s handling of the privacy of the users, which is already under FTC investigation, whether Facebook has actually breached a 2011 privacy-related settlement.
The new settings and privacy controls have arrived just a few months before Europe’s new data – protection laws, which is known as GDPR, that might go on to take effect from May.
As part of this new update, the social media company has gone on to release an all-new feature known as Access Your Information, a new “secure way” for users to access and delete their posts, reactions, comments, and searches from their timeline or profile.
The social media crisis has gone on to make users across the globe to ‘download your data’ feature, something that they had never explored before.
The current option allows the downloading of all users’ data, and a new option breaks up the download into various categories each with bold icons, such as posts, photos, messages, following, followers, groups, videos and so on.
The existing download option now comes with 72 categories of information, from apps to IP address, political views, work, address and videos.
Facebook has also gone on to overhaul its entire setting menu on the mobile devices, ensuring that it is user-friendly, and users will be able to easily find the settings. The new page consolidates around 20 separate screens, all down to one single page, removing some outdated old settings. The company has also gone on to introduce some new privacy shortcuts menu, which offers the simplest ways so as to control data with clearer instructions and explanation on how the control would work.
Users will now be able to activate two-factor authentication, select ad preferences along with review posts which have been reacted to or shared along with Facebook searches. It also has a new shortcut, which will allow you to manage the posts that you can see, along with profile information.
The company concluded by stating,
“It’s also our responsibility to tell you how we collect and use your data in language that’s detailed, but also easy to understand. In the coming weeks, we’ll be proposing updates to Facebook’s terms of service that include our commitments to people. We’ll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it. These updates are about transparency – not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data. We’ve worked with regulators, legislators and privacy experts on these tools and updates. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.”