Facebook changes Privacy Settings – Introduces Privacy shortcuts, Request and removal tool, etc

One of the most popular social networking websites Facebook has changed its privacy settings. The new settings allow the user a better control over the content they post on their Facebook timeline.


The new and updates security settings include removing tags from photos, accessibility of content and privacy shortcuts.

Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan gave a statement to BBC saying:

“We do not want our users to be surprised. We want everyone to understand how they can control their information and have the best experience. It is part of our goal to be better, we constantly want to improve.”

The details about changed privacy settings are:

  • Privacy shortcuts – New shortcuts icons will now be seen on every page of Facebook. The new shortcut icons ask user three questions – how do I stop someone bothering me, who can contact me and who can see my stuff.
  • In-product education – This setting will help the user decide where the post will come and where not.
  • Request and removal tool – This new tool added in the privacy settings helps the user to untag them from any picture. Users can now select several photos and untag themselves.

There are some more minor changes in the privacy settings now which include easy to use activity logs and permissions for third-party apps. These settings allow the user to control the visibility of their posts on Facebook timeline.

Users will receive a notification when the changes are applied.

The new tools will roll out this month and all one billion plus users will be notified about the changes.

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