Facebook revamps privacy settings amid data breach outcry

Facebook overhauls privacy settings amid data breach outcry

While both parties have denied explicit wrongdoing, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are facing whistleblower claims this data was used to support Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign, with the latter firm also being said to have yielded influence over other democratic votes including the European Union referendum.

In a blog post written by company executives, the company unveiled a redesigned user interface that helps users secure their accounts faster, change privacy settings and even delete their data if needed.

Separately, Facebook announced a privacy settings makeover on Wednesday.

Facebook also said it plans to update its privacy policy and terms of service in the coming weeks, but gave no further details.

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users.

The US Federal Trade Commission this week said it had launched a probe into whether the social network violated consumer protection laws or a 2011 court-approved agreement on protecting private user data.

Facebook has completely redesigned its settings menu on smartphones and tablets.

From the new page, users can control the personal information the social network keeps on them, such as their political preferences or interests, and download and review a file of data Facebook has collected about them.

The company says the changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks and will involve condensing all the various security menus - that are now spread out over 20 different screens - into one easy to manage tab on the Facebook menu. Facebook says it is also adding "clearer explanations" about how its privacy controls work.

Now if you're iPhone user you have no need to worry about this but Android users who frequently use Facebook Messenger app or low data Facebook Lite is the only ones seemed to be affected.

"The recent news about Facebook's alleged mismanagement of users' data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on the platform at this time", said a statement from Playboy. For example, users will now be able to look up a post from a specific date in the past. The updates include improved access to Facebook's user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook. The rules are created to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

There is also a new page - Access Your Information - where users can see the information they've shared and manage it.

"You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook", it clarifies.

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