Facebook has run into some privacy concerns as of late, and as a result, the social network is making it easier to find its security tools.
Facebook has just announced a brand new settings menu on mobile devices. The idea is to make things easier to find, shrinking down the settings menu from nearly 20 screens to just one. Facebook is also making it clearer what information pertains to sharing with other apps.
There is a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that allows for Facebook users to quickly control their data in just a few taps. There are also more distinct explanations of how these settings work, too. Here’s how it all breaks down, based on Facebook’s announcement today:
- Make your account more secure: You can 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.
- Control your personal information: You can 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.
- Control the ads you see: You can manage the information we use to show you ads. Ad preferences explains how ads work and the options you have.
- Manage who sees your posts and profile information: You 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.
On top of all that, Facebook is making it easier to download and delete your Facebook data. They call it “Access Your Information”, a new, secure way for users to access and manage individual information, including posts, comments, and reactions. This allows users to delete content from their Facebook as they see fit, even old posts they’ve published to their Timeline.
It’s a start, at least. Facebook is going to keep making changes as far as user privacy is concerned. The question, of course, is whether or not it will have any impact moving forward at all.