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?