Facebook changes privacy settings amid data scandal

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

This feature can be used, Facebook says, to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on the website.

The government on Wednesday asked Facebook Inc to clarify whether the company or any of its associates or partners that has access to user data had engaged in the manipulation of elections, according to a statement issued by the ministry of electronics and IT.

A spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday that the committee is working with Facebook to determine a day and time for Zuckerberg to testify.

Processes that would normally require navigating confusing settings interfaces should be accessible with a few taps, including setting up two-factor authentication, deleting your personal information, and turning off ad targeting.

In addition, Facebook is also facing widespread criticism for collecting years of contact names, telephone numbers and call and text histories from Android users. For example, Facebook announced in 2009 that it was consolidating six privacy pages and more than 30 settings on to a single privacy page.

Facebook said it will roll out a centralized system for its users to control their privacy and security settings in response to an outcry over the way it has handled personal data.

"We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed".

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.

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

Playboy Enterprises says it's pulling its Facebook presence as the privacy scandal enveloping the social media service continues to grow.

Since 2006, Facebook has repeatedly promised to safeguard users' data through redesigns and by putting privacy controls front and center.

What's also been made simpler, Facebook claims, is how users decide what data can and can't be shared with applications. Users will be able to manage the information that Facebook uses to show them ads. They apply to any company that collects data on European Union residents, no matter where it is based.

The London-based political research organisation, which collaborated with the election campaign of Donald Trump in the runup to the 2016 USA vote, used the leaked information to develop a computer programme to predict the decisions of U.S. voters and influence them.

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