It’s Now Easier to Manage Your Facebook Privacy Settings
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In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook Addresses the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Facebook Addresses the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Facebook has been embroiled in what has come to be known as the Cambridge Analytica scandal. After staying silent for a few days, Mark Zuckerberg has now addressed the issues raised. Read More which saw people’s personal data used to target voters How Your Data on Facebook Is Collected and Used to Win Elections How Your Data on Facebook Is Collected and Used to Win Elections What do you do when your Facebook data is harvested and manipulated to influence the course of international politics? Read More , Facebook is making it easier to manage your privacy settings. You might still want to delete Facebook, but the social network hopes you won’t.

Despite making it clear Facebook has changed the way it operates in recent years, Mark Zuckerberg won’t have convinced everyone that Facebook has your best interests in heart. So, in order to allay fears, the social network is changing its privacy settings. Again.

The Ever Changing Facebook Privacy Settings

The biggest change Facebook is making this time around is simplifying everything. So, rather than having its privacy settings spread across 20 pages, they’re now all accessible from a single page. This is Facebook acknowledging people care about their privacy.

Beyond that there’s a new Privacy Shortcuts menu designed to help you control your data without needing a manual to navigate the various options. Facebook has changed its privacy settings and the way they’re laid out numerous times, and this is just the latest.

In the Facebook Blog post explaining the changes, the social network encourages you to “make your account more secure,” “control your personal information,” “control the ads you see,” and “manage who sees your posts and profile information”.

The final, and potentially most important change, is Access Your Information, which Facebook describes as “a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you’ve searched for”.

Keep, Deactivate, or Delete Your Facebook?

Unfortunately, the social network hasn’t made it any easier to delete Facebook. Instead, you’re directed to deactivate your account, which suspends your account without deleting it. You have to manually request Facebook to actually delete your account.

We think there are some compelling reasons to stop using Facebook in 2018 Why You Should Stop Using Facebook in 2018 Why You Should Stop Using Facebook in 2018 Times have changed, and it might be time for us to stop using Facebook. Here are five reasons why. Read More . However, there are also reasons to keep using Facebook 7 Reasons Not to Delete Facebook #DeleteFacebook 7 Reasons Not to Delete Facebook #DeleteFacebook A growing number of people are calling on us all to #DeleteFacebook. However, while it's not perfect, we believe there are multiple reasons not to delete Facebook. Read More despite its recent issues. So if you opt for the latter, you really should go through your privacy settings with a fine-tooth comb.

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  1. Susan Murphy
    March 31, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    These gadgets you use for 20 min. in the a.m. & 20 min. in the p.m. -- that's a meditation practice, silly! Nothing to buy for the past 4000 years.