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30 March 2018, 08:02 | Yvette Williams
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Meanwhile, a new privacy shortcuts menu will allow users to quickly increase account security, manage who can see their information and activity on the site and control advertisements they see. Facebook can't keep responding to outrage in this way, or the company might find that the privacy tradeoffs stop being worth it.
Owner of Mactech Solutions in Wichita Falls Terry McAdams helps people change their privacy settings frequently. Playboy says the allegeddata mismanagement is the last straw.
Facebook's website lists nine third-party data providers that it has worked with, including Acxiom, Experian, Oracle Data Cloud, TransUnion and WPP PLC. "It could be very limited or it could be widespread".
Facebook has produced multiple iterations to its privacy settings pages over the years, often in response to criticism that the system is too complicated for most people to understand what they are and aren't sharing.
Users will also be able to manage things like who sees their posts and the information they choose to include on their profile. Well, now you can find, download and delete the data you no longer want on Facebook.
The US technology company Facebook chose to delay presentation of new products at its developer conference in May, partly because the public is scandal for providing personal data of its users to external company Cambridge Analytica.
Under the revamp, users still won't be able to delete data that they had given third-party apps on the platform previously, even if it was used for reasons other than what was agreed to. We've also cleaned up outdated settings so it's clear what information can and can't be shared with apps.
"While this is common industry practice, we believe this step, winding down over the next six months, will help improve people's privacy on Facebook", the social media giant said in a blog post.
Other measures Facebook has announced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal include improvements to its bug bounty program that will incentivise and reward security researchers for hunting down third-party Facebook apps that misuse user data.
Among the new changes: On mobile devices, the site's settings are now accessible from one screen, instead of dotted around on 20 different places in the app.
Wednesday's announcement follows revelations that a Trump-affiliated consulting firm got data on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users.
Dylan Curran tweeted that his downloaded Facebook data came to 600mb - or "400,000 Word documents". Facebook also wrote on its blog that it plans to simplify the language for its terms of service, and will "also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it".
You'll notice the following message on this page: "Download a copy of your Facebook data".
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