For those who have not heard, Facebook is currently facing some challenges and under scrutiny due to the Cambridge Analytical scandal which revealed a political strategy company access the data of some 50 million users.
This made Facebook release a major privacy update, the update allows users to view and edit their information that are on facebook. Most of the updates according to Facebook have been ready for sometime but have now decided release them at this time to let users know that misuse of their data will no longer happen.
A privacy shortcut has also been introduced, this will enable users to quickly make changes to their privacy settings, such as adding two-factor authentication, managing the information used to show ads, deleting posts that have been shared, liked or commented on and changing the information that is exposed for people to see.
The new feature “Access your information” enables you to clear or delete what you had searched for, including people, groups, ages and other things. You also now have the ability to download all of the information Facebook has on you, from photos, posts, to contacts and more if you want to. Moving those information to another service has also been made easy for you.
Facebook’s settings user interface has now been updated to make it quite easy to find privacy settings, the “outdated” settings were also removed so that it is clear, which apply to specific apps.
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 policyto 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 expertson these tools and updates.
Facebook’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this week, that he was happy to restify to the US Congress over his role in the Cambridge Analytical Scandal, but he won’t present evidence to the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.
So now you have it, the security of the information you put on Facebook depends on what you do on your privacy settings.
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Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.