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Facebook Introduced Three New Privacy Changes

Small Facebook changes can appear monumental when they have an impact on user privacy, so the company severely researches even minor privacy adjustments prior to the release of these tweaks to its 1.2 billion users.

Two members from Facebook’s privacy team said that three new privacy changes are in development. Raylene Yung, Facebook’s privacy engineering manager and Michael Nowak privacy product manager, accordingly, told reporters that Facebook employs more than 4 thousand daily surveys in as much as 27 languages to help improve its privacy interface.

First change moves the audience selector – the switch that alters who can see your posts – from the lower right to upper left corner on iOS. Second change the company is testing is a tweak that modifies the audience selector on the desktop version of Facebook. It won’t show all the options at once anymore, instead it will display two most popular ones – Public and Friends – in a larger font and with further options behind a submenu.

“Privacy checkup” is the last change that Facebook has introduced. It is a pop-up which asks people who have not altered their privacy settings from Public for quite some time and asks if they want to leave it that way.

You might have already seen these changes on your phone or on the Facebook site. The considered small changes were designed to react to user concerns, something that company takes seriously as Facebook performs more than 80 trillion privacy checks every day, assuring that your posts aren’t undesignedly shared to somebody who aren’t supposed to see them.

It was also said that Facebook has been working poorly on educating users about their privacy protection. For instance, when your friend re-shares a photo of yours, it can exclusively be seen by both of your mutual friends.

Facebook has an uncertain relationship regarding privacy. Earning the fury of its users for its complicated privacy policy and for constantly changing privacy controls didn’t do any good to the company, furthermore, Facebook is also under the terms of a 2011 settlement with FTC which makes Facebook to receive approval before sharing even more private information than it already does.

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