Facebook redesigns settings menu, launches new tools to better data privacy


With CEO Mark Zuckerberg poised to address the uproar on Capitol Hill, Facebook announced Wednesday that it is redesigning the settings menu on mobile devices, consolidating privacy options in one place, rather than sending users to some 20 different screens. This is meant to give you easy access to the posts and comments you've made, but you'll also be able to use Access Your Information to download and delete your Facebook data. Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps.

"We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find, and that we must do more to keep people informed", she said in a statement. The firm is now making it clear as well, exactly what details are shared with non-Facebook apps.

Similar probes are underway throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom, where lawmakers plan to grill Chris Cox, the chief product officer of Facebook, at a hearing next month.

"This isn't the first or last broken promise".

"The solution isn't shifting the burden to the user because the problem is the negative externalities of the business model".

Not just his Facebook friends, but all the contacts in his phone regardless if they are Facebook users or not.

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The crisis also threatens the Silicon Valley tech industry whose business model revolves around data collected on internet users. It is the latest development in the ongoing saga surrounding the Cambridge Analytica situation, with Zuckerberg having previously apologized for not doing a better job of securing people's data.

"Online platforms now lack meaningful legal incentives to protect users before their privacy is violated", Gilbert said in a statement. Facebook confirmed it has "strict processes" to review requests from law enforcement and said it only turns over data if there's a "legal and factual basis for their request".

The stock has fallen 18 percent since the news was first revealed by the New York Times and The Observer of London earlier this month, wiping out nearly $100 billion of market value. Facebook is an even more complicated case given Cambridge Analytica's entangled ties with political campaigns and the series of election-meddling allegations on Facebook leading up to the public outcry.

On Tuesday, Facebook opted not to make Zuckerberg available to testify before a key parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom investigating the same issue, which had asked him to appear.

The London-based political research organisation, which collaborated with the election campaign of Donald Trump in the runup to the 2016 USA vote, used the leaked information to develop a computer programme to predict the decisions of USA voters and influence them.