Facebook pledges to make it easier to manage your privacy

An Indian man looks at imitation Facebook T Shirts inside a shop in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP

An Indian man looks at imitation Facebook T Shirts inside a shop in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP

Amid scandals, Facebook announced it would be changing the structure of its privacy settings to make it easier for users to access them.

"Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", company notes in its blog. Facebook still plans to launch the devices later this year.

He applauded the streamlined changes, but said that overall they were akin to "putting lipstick on a pig" because Facebook's underlying approach to user protecting user data was "ultimately broken, and today's changes are not fixing that".

The fallout from Facebook Inc.'s data privacy scandal is spreading. That's a question many Facebook investors and tech stock holders-not to mention Facebook users in general-are eager to find an answer for. It says that this will give users greater control of their data, along with explanations on what the controls do.

Facebook also added a new Privacy Shortcut menu, which lets users control their data just with a few taps. This ranges from what ads users see, the ability to add two-factor authentication, and controlling who sees a user's profile.

New changes for privacy and data won't be available immediately, but it will be released in the coming weeks, according to Facebook.

Egan and Beringer also announced updates to Facebook's terms of service and data policy to improve transparency about how the site collects and uses data. "We'll have more to share in the coming weeks, including updates on the measures Mark shared last week". So far, the company has lost almost one-fifth of its market value. The company lost $80 billion in market value and faced global backlash about how the company uses personal data. Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress, facing lawmakers who have promised to crack down by regulating the social network. The government set a Saturday deadline for Cambridge Analytica and April 7 for Facebook to respond to its inquiry.

The news has prompted some users to quit the platform.

Playboy says it's been hard anyway to "express our values" because of Facebook's strict content and policy guidelines, which include restrictions on nudity.

On Wednesday, six consumer and privacy organizations called upon Facebook to cease all campaign contributions and election activity until they ensure the integrity of all apps on the platform.

"Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform", Cooper Hefner wrote on Twitter.

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