Facebook revamps privacy settings menu in response to outcry

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Facebook said it will make it more straightforward for users to change their privacy settings and delete data they've already shared with the social media company.

USA regulators and state attorneys general are increasing pressure on Facebook as they probe whether the company's data-collection practices have hurt the people who use its services.

Facebook wants to regain the trust of its users, so expect to see these changes rolled out in the next few weeks.

You can delete the information by accessing the Facebook app on your phone. Its stock price has fallen sharply since the Cambridge Analytica news broke on March 17.

First and foremost, Facebook will make your data settings and tools easier to find.

Yet some analysts said Facebook and its chief Mark Zuckerberg have made similar promises in the past.

He applauded the streamlined changes, but said that overall they were akin to "putting lipstick on a pig" because Facebook's underlying approach to user protecting user data was "ultimately broken, and today's changes are not fixing that".

It doesn't mean that we won't see a Facebook smart speaker this year - it wasn't due to be released until the latter half of 2018 anyway.

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On Wednesday, six consumer and privacy organizations called upon Facebook to cease all campaign contributions and election activity until they ensure the integrity of all apps on the platform. "So we're basically handing them who we are, and then being a little surprised that they're using that data", said Hinds.

The Indian government's notice to Facebook sought to know "whether Facebook or its related or downstream agencies utilizing Facebook's data have previously been engaged by any entities to manipulate the Indian electoral process". The interviewer says to Zuckerberg: "You say there's a contradiction between people wanting to share information online and wanting to control it, why?"

The Facebook data leak has triggered an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which is now looking into the company's privacy practices.

"We have a responsibility to protect your information".

The new controls also better spell out what data the company collects and how it's used.

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, believes Facebook was in violation of the 2011 settlement in letting Cambridge Analytica harvest data on friends of Facebook users. Facebook has said it has received invitations to testify and that it is talking to legislators.

"I think, certainly, what's clear over the past week or so is that we've lost a lot of trust and we have to do some work to regain it, and that's something I think all of us at Facebook have internalized and are working really hard to do". But lawmakers so far have not said if they'd take the rare step of issuing a subpoena, forcing Zuckerberg to appear.

Meanwhile, state attorneys general asked Zuckerberg for an update on how Facebook will allow users to control the privacy of their accounts more easily.

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