Facebook is probing reappearance of users' never-posted videos

How to find and delete the data Facebook gathers on you

The settings menu for users on mobile has been shrunk down to a single page, rather than spreading options across 20 separate screens.

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers about its users. However, that comes with the trade-off of having your data and information passed along to marketers and businesses to target you for ads.

Facebook has run into some privacy concerns as of late, and as a result, the social network is making it easier to find its security tools.

As to the privacy settings specifically, it is implementing a "Privacy Shortcuts" menu. "Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", the blog post read.

The app was downloaded by 270,000 people, but also scooped up their friends' data without consent - as was possible under Facebook's rules at the time. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, has agreed to appear in front of lawmakers on Capitol Hill next month, people familiar with the decision have said.

"You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook", it clarifies.

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Facebook is also introducing a tool that allows people to find, download and delete all their data. It's also separated settings into security, personal information, ads you see, and management of who sees your posts and profile information.

"This doesn't change any of the data that Facebook's actually collecting", said Kurt Wagner, senior editor at Recode.

Facebook is updating its privacy settings to make it easier for you to control what you share - with the social network and connected apps - and tools to delete the data it's collected on you. The company has created a new extension called Facebook Container. It comes after whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to target U.S. and British voters in close-run elections. The head of the committee called Mr Zuckerberg's decision "astonishing" and urged the social media mogul to think again. The changes are meant to "better spell out what data we collect and how we use it", Egan and Beringer wrote, adding that this is "about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data".

Zuckerberg instead offered to send one of his deputies as the US company comes under new pressure from the E.U.to disclose more details about how up to 50 million users' data are alleged to have been taken from Facebook and used in political campaigns.

"Facebook is the face of a larger problem - the problem of big data and privacy - and it's so large and nebulous and intractable that we have no real way to understand it, and so we wait until one of these whistleblowers come along, and that will be keep happening".

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