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Facebook has started rolling out new privacy settings, most of which were announced last week. According to The Next Web, these new settings are now available for users in New Zealand, a step which marks the start of a gradual worldwide rollout. The idea behind these new privacy controls is to make important settings easier to find and understand – a true blessing considering the current state of affairs.

If you’ve ever tried to perform a simple Facebook task such as blocking a user or controlling who can see your posts, you know that digging through Facebook’s privacy settings can become quite a lengthy process. With the new settings, a shortcut menu is added to the top toolbar, containing quick access to important settings such as who can see your posts and photos, and who can contact you. From this menu, you can also access the full privacy settings page.

As outlined by The Next Web, the main settings page has also received quite an overhaul, making it much clearer and more accessible. If today you have to search in not-so-intuitive menus, the new page is built around questions and answers, helping you find out the right setting you want to change, and change it immediately. The new rollout will also include app permissions, which will now be split to separate windows, each containing one single access request. This will allow users to read each request carefully, and choose whether to grant it or not.

It remains to be seen how helpful these new settings really are, and how long it will take them to roll out to other countries in the world. Are you seeing these new settings yet?

Source: Facebook Newsroom via The Next Web


  1. Debbie Franklin
    December 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

    My sister got me into facebook so we could keep in touch more often and such and it was great when I first started, but now it's become more and more of a pain than anything else! I am so sick of having to constantly go into my settings to stop them from posting in my behalf, etc. I'm almost to the point of removing my account. It's to bad too because it truely is a nice way to keep in touch with friends and family across the states.

  2. Thomas Vercamer
    December 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I live in Belgium and it has already activated!
    So far, I really like it, it's a great improvement. You still need to 'search' a little,
    but far less than before. This is how it should have been from the start....

  3. Marianne Martin
    December 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing this latest update news about facebook. You guys are really the best and I tell everyone I know about MakeUseOf.

  4. Nicola De Ieso
    December 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    No, unfortunately I don't see the new options yet.

  5. Sarah Lam
    December 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Not seeing any changes at the moment.

  6. Kamruzzaman Chowdhury
    December 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It's fantastic. It seems to me very user friendly. Thanks Yaara Lancet for sharing this latest and update news about facebook.

  7. Mac Witty
    December 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    No, I do not see it yet but it looks as it will be a bit easier

  8. Félix S. De Jesús
    December 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I hate that inbox setting... So, I'm vulnerable to receive messages from unwanted persons who are friends of friends :/

  9. Kiril Vasilev
    December 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Facebook every month make changes. But this is for good.

  10. druv vb
    December 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Lets hope that people would actually notice that change and use it well. But I think most people will ignore that, unless Facebook puts a banner on everyone's timeline, outlining the privacy and security of the users.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

      They actually did put a banner on my profile. That's how I first noticed the new button. This is what it said:

      Please take some time to review who can see your stuff
      As the year comes to an end and we continue to improve tools like search, we’d like to remind you to review who can see your stuff—including photos you’re tagged in and things you’ve hidden from your timeline. To help you get started, we’ve added a new Privacy Shortcuts tool to every page.

      • druv vb
        December 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        Yep I noticed it today. Facebook put it as a banner on mine too. Its better for controlling your posts and who can see them. But my general rule is not to post private and personal items online. So its okay for me setting things to everyone can see.

  11. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    December 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I still wonder if users will manage their privacy settings. It isn't that hard now, and this makes it easier, but it still makes me wonder.

  12. Thomas Petrucha
    December 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hihi a nice little add ... now some user would be taken by their hand ;)

  13. salim benhouhou
    December 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    this is better . thank you Yaara

  14. Jurmy Chris
    December 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Finally , a good thing from FB. :)

  15. Humza Aamir
    December 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I'm situated in Asia and haven't seen them yet..What I've seen though is the new message filter stuff that facebook has started to implement. So now there'd be more junk in my inbox.

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