Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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The whole Cambridge Analytica scandal took and is still taking a toll on Facebook as it should, given that over 50 million Facebook users’ privacy was violated. And Facebook seems to realize that this whole thing could severely damage the network’s reputation. Hence, the formal apology by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg in the paper and also, the latest changes to the platform.
Today, Facebook announced the updates to its privacy and security settings to make it easier for users to control their information.
“We’ve redesigned our entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find. Instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 different screens, they’re now accessible from a single place.”
The new layout makes it easier for Facebook users to understand exactly what they are sharing with the people in their social circle as well as third party apps. Facebook has also fixed some of the outdated settings to give the users more insight about what they are sharing with connected apps.
This really is a crucial step because after the recent turn of events, people want their privacy to be as protected as possible. Apparently, Facebook has answered Facebook users’ pleas in terms of making the privacy and other settings much easier to find and navigate through.
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“People have also told us that information about privacy, security, and ads should be much easier to find. The new Privacy Shortcuts is a menu where you can control your data in just a few taps, with clearer explanations of how our controls work.”
And just to make people feel more secure, Facebook is also introducing its ‘Access Your Information’ feature which will show users all the data Facebook has about them including their likes, comments, posts, messages, friends, followers, groups and all the other things that are part of the Facebook.
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“It’s one thing to have a policy explaining what data we collect and use, but it’s even more useful when people see and manage their own information… So 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.”
Basically, Facebook is showing people that there are no hidden forces attempting to rob them of their privacy and everything is out in the open. There is no ulterior motive behind getting people to use Facebook.
Hopefully, these changes will help Facebook build its users’ trust back so that they can openly connect with their friends and families. Obviously, it can’t undo the deed already done but it has the potential of preventing such things from happening again in the future.


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