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In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw people’s personal data used to target voters, 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.
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— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 28, 2018
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. However, there are also reasons to keep using Facebook 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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