Facebook announces new steps to protect users' privacy amid controversy

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Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps.

Within the Privacy Shortcuts section, users can review what they have shared on Facebook - and delete it if they wish - as well as manage what ads are seen, and make their account more secure with two-factor authentication.

Facebook is making major changes to its privacy settings to make it easier for users to find and change them. The company says the new layout will streamline the settings into one location "instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens".

Facebook has also introduced Access Your Information today, it's a new way for users to access and manage their information including posts, comments, reactions, and things they have searched for.

Only 270,000 users downloaded Kogan's app, called "thisisyourdigitallife", but Kogan exploited a loophole in Facebook that allowed him to access the data of 50 million users.

In its blog post, Facebook claims many of these changes have been in the works for a while and that regulators, legislators and privacy experts were consulted during the process.

"So just to be clear", says the reporter "you're not going to sell or share any of the information on Facebook?". With new data protection guidelines coming in a matter of weeks, Facebook and other services have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations or face stiffer penalties. "This includes photos you've uploaded, contacts you've added to your account, posts on your timeline, and more". The reports of Playboy becoming the latest member of "Delete Facebook" campaign were highlighted after the Playboy's chief creative officer; Cooper Hefner announced that "they will be stepping away from Facebook". We'll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it.

The company also recently tightened their terms of service to prevent future breaches of security.

That hearing, scheduled for April 10, "will broadly cover privacy standards for the collection, retention and dissemination of consumer data for commercial use", Grassley's office said.

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