Facebook Starts Rolling Out New Privacy Settings, Making Things Easier To Find [Updates]

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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

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Comments (17)
  • Debbie Franklin

    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.

  • Thomas Vercamer

    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….

  • Marianne Martin

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

  • Nicola De Ieso

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

  • Sarah Lam

    Not seeing any changes at the moment.

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