Facebook has announced the redesign and availability of a central place where users can find all their Facebook privacy settings. The announcement was made by Facebook's Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel during a couple of weeks which have seen the social media platform come under attack for being embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica saga.
Facebook users can now access all their settings, including privacy settings, on one screen instead of them being available across many different screens.
A comparison of the old settings menu (left) and new settings menu (right).
"We’ve redesigned our entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find. Instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 different screens, they’re now accessible from a single place. We’ve also cleaned up outdated settings so it’s clear what information can and can’t be shared with apps," said Egan and Beringer in a statement announcing the changes.
Before this announcement, after days of silence, Fcebook's Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, issued a statement on the Cambridge Analytica saga in which he also explained the steps they have already taken in addressing the issues raised so far. Part of those changes and steps that Zuckerberg mentioned included a tool at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed which would show the apps a user has used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to their data.
According to Facebook, the new centralized privacy dashboard will allow users to:
Add more layers of protection to your account, like two-factor authentication. If you turn this on and someone tries to log into your account from a device we don’t recognize, you’ll be asked to confirm whether it was you.
Review what you’ve shared and delete it if you want to. This includes posts you’ve shared or reacted to, friend requests you’ve sent, and things you’ve searched for on Facebook.
Manage the information we use to show you ads. Ad preferences explains how ads work and the options you have.
Own what you share on Facebook, and you can manage things like who sees your posts and the information you choose to include on your profile.
Part of the problem with Facebook and the current Cambridge Analytica saga is not so much what data Facebook itself has collected and shared but rather the data that third-party apps can collect. Added to this, third-party apps can cause collateral damage to a Facebook user's "friends" if the user gives the app permission to collect data on their Facebook friends too, without their friends permission.