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.
May 24, 2017
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.
Sep 7, 2017
Google wants to ensure those in wheelchairs have access to the accessibility information they need before visiting places around the world. The search giant is asking its Local Guides, those who contribute information about places on Google Makes, to make an effort to answer questions about wheelchair accessibility.
Aug 15, 2017
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.
Mar 28, 2018
Facebook today made new controls available to uses for managing their account, settings, and data. To start, Facebook says it redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices to improve discoverability.
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.