Facebook Simplifies Privacy Controls, Tweaks Trending News
Facebook today introduced what it calls Privacy Basics, a series of tools to help people better manage their privacy on the social network. Privacy Basics features 32 interactive guides available in 44 languages that walk users through the network's various settings and controls for fine-tuning who sees what. "People share their most valued moments on Facebook, and we want to make tips and tools clear and accessible whenever you need them. Privacy Basics gives you tips for things like securing your account, understanding who can see posts, and knowing what your profile looks like to others," said the company in a statement. The Privacy Basics tutorials are posted on Facebook's desktop web site. In addition to Privacy Basics, Facebook recommends users walk through its Privacy Checkup tool to review their current settings, create groups for more selective post sharing, and use the login approvals security tool to help safeguard against unauthorized logins on mobile devices. Also this week, Facebook made updates to its Trending news section in order to help combat fake news. According to Facebook, trending topics will now include the publisher headline, and the company is making use of an improved system to see what is truly trending amongst users. Most importantly, trending topics will no longer be catered to individual users. Instead, all users in the same region will see the same trending stories. Facebook believes these efforts will improve the quality and veracity of trending news stories.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
Trending Stories Make a Comeback on Facebook Mobile
Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices.
Facebook Gives Everyone More Control Over News Feed
Facebook today announced new tools that allow people to fine-tune what they see in their News Feed. It has added a series of preferences that make it possible to select which friends and Pages appear at the top of the News Feed.
Facebook Tweaks News Feed Yet Again, Also Adjusts Camera Behaviors
Facebook today announced several forthcoming changes to the central news feed design that should make it easier for people to tell what's going on. For example, conversation threads will more clearly show who is replying to whom.