Facebook Redesigns Users’ Privacy Controls with Simpler Settings

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By Rohit KVN | December 14, 2012 3:35 PM EST

Social network giant Facebook has come up with a slew of updates to simply its current privacy settings.

Facebook in its official blog posted the updates which include Privacy Shortcuts, which is an improved easy-to-use activity log, a new request, and a removal tool for handling multiple photos where users are tagged in.

The company also added in-product education which makes key concepts and control easier for users.

Key features' descriptions include:

Privacy Shortcuts:

If the users want to change their privacy and timeline controls on Facebook, users need not stop and navigate through separate set of pages. Facebook has provided shortcuts in the toolbar to manage "Who can see my stuff?", "Who can contact me?" and "How do I stop someone from bothering me?". Users can also access Help center content from these shortcuts.

App Permission:

There are many apps in Facebook which asks users for private details and permission to post messages on the website on the users' behalf.

These two requests which were integrated in the same screen previously and now the user will get these requests separately. Facebook gives an example - a user can grant a music app to read his/her public profile and friends list to personalize their experience in the app. The user has the authority to decline Facebook permission to post what the person listens to.

Facebook is also removing "Who can look up my time line by name?" - a setting which controlled a small part of Facebook search bar and is very limited in scope. Hence, Facebook will be removing this setting in coming weeks.

Updated Activity Log:

The activity log introduced last year has been updated so that users can easily review their own activity on their accounts, such as likes, comments, photos and posts.

These changes are sure to bring some cheers to Facebook enthusiasts who constantly update their posts. Users who occasionally use the website won't be able to notice the difference.

The company is aware that users were confused about how the Timeline interacts with the rest of the site. "At Facebook we care deeply about avoiding surprises. We want people to understand how they control the information and make the choices that are right for them," said Erin Egan, the Facebook's chief privacy officer, reported The Washington Post

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