Facebook Makes It Easier To Find Its Privacy Tools

Facebook has received a barrage of criticism ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. Making matters worse, it was revealed that Facebook was collecting call logs and SMS data of Android users which the company later clarified was being done to offer them better friend recommendations. Now, in a bid to help people access their various privacy settings easily, Facebook has cleaned up its privacy options and made them available on a single page.

Instead of having various privacy-related settings spread across 20 different screens, Facebook is making them accessible from a single place. This is being rolled out with a new Settings menu which puts the important information right up front. This is especially true for mobile phones where the redesigned Settings menu puts important options related to security, sharing of your personal information, and more at the very front.

Facebook says that it has been working on the revamped Settings menu which puts your privacy and security options upfront for some time. It had to expedite its release though given the circumstances.

Below is how Facebook highlights its new Settings menu:

  • Make your account more secure: You can add more layers of protection to your account, like two-factor authentication. If you turn this on and someone tries to log into your account from a device we don’t recognize, you’ll be asked to confirm whether it was you.
  • Control your personal information: You can review what you’ve shared and delete it if you want to. This includes posts you’ve shared or reacted to, friend requests you’ve sent, and things you’ve searched for on Facebook.
  • Control the ads you see: You can manage the information we use to show you ads. Ad preferences explains how ads work and the options you have.
  • Manage who sees your posts and profile information: You own what you share on Facebook, and you can manage things like who sees your posts and the information you choose to include on your profile.

Additionally, Facebook is also introducing a new Access Your Information tool that lets people safely and securely delete any of their past information including their posts, reactions, comments, and more. The social networking giant is also making it easier to download the data that you have shared with it.

Our Take

Facebook is currently in damage control mode due to the various regulators grilling it over how it handles the data of its users. Thus, its expected that the company is releasing new tools and making it easier for users to manage their privacy, the data they share with the social networking giant and more. This does not mean that Facebook has had a change of heart though. You should always be cautious of the apps and services with which you share your data on the web as you never know how they can use it to their advantage.

[Via Facebook]