Facebook Announces New Privacy and Security Settings Amid Outcry Over Data Collection Practices

By CircleID Reporter

In a blog post published today on its website, Facebook has announced it has adjusted its privacy settings in order to give its users more control over their information. The change comes following an outcry over a whistleblower's allegations that members' data was used to sway the 2016 U.S. election. Facebook's Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel: "We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed. So in addition to Mark Zuckerberg's announcements last week — cracking down on abuse of the Facebook platform, strengthening our policies, and making it easier for people to revoke apps' ability to use your data — we're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy. Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance."

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