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Desperate to Regain Trust, Facebook Refreshes Privacy Tools

30 March 2018, 12:22 | Sam Montgomery

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Facebook's battered shares, which have dropped 17% in the past week and a half amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have gotten off to a strong start this morning after the company announced changes to its privacy settings.

Downloading does not constitute deleting, but it might be useful if you are ever in need of a really scary campfire tale - "And this is everything Facebook knows about me".

Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor of communications, said the new privacy settings and tools "are so obviously important to users that one has to wonder why this wasn't already done". These menus replace the more granular but fragmented multi-page settings of old. "Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", the blog post read.

"You're in control of privacy and security on Facebook" is the message on the new one-stop shop - but maybe busy users just do not have the time to take back control without a lot more nudging.


The company says it is also making it easier to download your personal data from Facebook.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday turned down a request by British lawmakers to appear before them to respond to concerns about data privacy as the European Union set a deadline for the US social media giant to respond to its own questions.

"You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook", it clarifies.

Facebook says that those developers broke their terms of service by collecting data on users who did not consent to sharing their data.


They are also adding tools to allow users to see what data is being collected and giving them the option and ability to delete any of it.

In addition to redesigning its settings menu on mobile devices, Facebook said it is creating a new privacy shortcut menu where users would be able to better secure their accounts and control personal information. The goal of their actions was used to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of President Donald Trump, National Public Radio reports.

'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, ' it said. She also asked whether stricter rules were needed for companies like Facebook as exist for traditional media, and whether it would change its approach on transparency toward users and regulators. This includes posts you've shared or reacted to, friend requests you've sent, and things you've searched for on Facebook. The head of the committee called Mr Zuckerberg's decision "astonishing" and urged the social media mogul to think again.




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