Playboy leaves Facebook over privacy

by Frankie Norman March 29, 2018, 1:21
Playboy leaves Facebook over privacy

The move followed intense criticism of the social media giant after it emerged that data of about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, the BBC reported.

Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, called the new settings "the first of many steps" the company is taking to address privacy concerns. Facebook's settings page when viewed on a computer is still as complex as ever. "We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks".

Facebook is moving to untangle its often bewildering array of privacy options as the social network struggles to contain the damage from a widening scandal over user data. The release employed stock language that Facebook has trotted out repeatedly when faced with questions over how it handles user data and privacy.

The letter sent to Facebook said that at present, it has largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and sought its reply on proactive measures being taken by the company to ensure safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party.

"Instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens, they're now accessible from a single place", the company explains.

Now if you're iPhone user you have no need to worry about this but Android users who frequently use Facebook Messenger app or low data Facebook Lite is the only ones seemed to be affected.

Facebook also announced a new tool called "Access Your Information" that will display all of your data and information that is accessible on Facebook from a single page. Facebook says it is also adding "clearer explanations" about how its privacy controls work. Users will be able to manage the information that Facebook uses to show them ads. "So we're introducing Access Your Information - a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you've searched for". Updated tools will also allow you to find and download the data collected by Facebook about you and should you want to, you will be able to delete that data, the company wrote.

"We're also making it easier to download the data you've shared with Facebook - it's your data, after all". They apply to any company that collects data on European Union residents, no matter where it is based.

"If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them from our platform", Archibong said, adding that the changes are meant to "help mitigate any breach of trust with the broader developer ecosystem".

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