Facebook pledges to make it easier to manage your privacy

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Facebook is in damage control mode as it deals with the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Users around the world are rightly concerned with how Facebook treats their data. To address these concerns vice president and chief privacy officer Erin Egan. as well as vice president and deputy of general counsel Ashlie Beringer, have outlined how they plan to better the site in a blog post.

“Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed,” said the two VPs.

In a bid to make it easier for users to manage their privacy Facebook has redesigned its settings menu on mobile devices. The redesign makes all options accessible from one screen rather than being spread out across more than 20 screens.

The biggest change, however, is in how users can interact with their data.

It has been rather hard to delete things from Facebook in the past and Facebook is attempting to make this easier with the introduction of Access Your Information.

“We’re introducing Access Your Information – a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you’ve searched for. You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook,” said the pair.

This feature doesn’t appear to be available right now (we’ve looked on both the mobile app and the website) but we’ll keep checking as our version of the app might not be the latest version.

Facebook also wants to be more transparent in what it collects from you and how it is used.

“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,” the VPs concluded.


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.