Facebook Fallout Spreads With Product Delay, Privacy Overhaul

Facebook Fallout Spreads With Product Delay, Privacy Overhaul

The world's largest social network said in a blog post it had been working on the updates for some time but sped things up to appease users' anger over how the company uses their data and as lawmakers around the globe called for strong regulation.

"This doesn't change any of the data that Facebook's actually collecting", said Kurt Wagner, senior editor at Recode.

The social networking giant takes this action after a consumer and regulatory backlash over the misuse of personal information of as many as 50 million Facebook users by data analysis and political ad firm Cambridge Analytica, which said it helped Donald Trump get elected.

The company announced the changes in a blog post bearing the straight-shooting headline "It's Time to Make Our Privacy Settings Easier to Find". Now, Facebook says they will be accessible from a single place. She also asked whether stricter rules were needed for companies like Facebook as exist for traditional media, and whether it would change its approach on transparency toward users and regulators. It would also allow users to review and delete data they have shared, including posts and search queries. However, that comes with the trade-off of having your data and information passed along to marketers and businesses to target you for ads.

In Facebook settings for your account, right below the link to deactivate it, there is an option to download a copy of all your Facebook data.

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Facebook is also adding a privacy shortcuts menu "where you can control your data in just a few taps".

Facebook's data-broker targeting had been available for audiences in U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., Australia. and Japan. The news has pushed many Facebook users to delete their accounts in protest. "The social media company had already found in focus group testing that users were concerned about a Facebook-branded device in their living rooms, given how much intimate data the social network collects", Bloomberg journalist Sarah Frier shared. "We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, wrote this week.

The crisis also threatens the Silicon Valley tech industry whose business model revolves around data collected on Internet users. For example, users will now be able to look up a post from a specific date in the past.

India's information technology ministry last week formally requested that Cambridge Analytica - the data analysis company at the centre of the Facebook firestorm - provide clarity over its practices by the end of the month.

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