Facebook promises to redesign its privacy settings

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You do not have to worry about Facebook holding your media and data hostage.

The company hopes its 2.2 billion users will have an easier time navigating its complex and often confusing privacy and security settings.

Facebook is giving its users more control over their privacy by making data management easier and redesigning the settings menu, the company said on March 28. She pointed out that in 2010, Zuckerberg said in the Washington Post that Facebook users needed simpler controls over their privacy and had promised then that Facebook would "add privacy controls that are much simpler to use".

The firm's chief privacy officer Erin Egan said most of the changes being announced were already planned, but that recent events "underscore" their importance.

First up, Facebook has redesigned its app's settings page on iOS and Android.

This is Facebook's one-stop shop for finding more information about privacy, security and ads.

In this release on Data Privacy Day, Facebook announced an initiative to make privacy controls easier to find: a feature titled "Privacy Basics".

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"Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform", Cooper Hefner wrote on Twitter. If you turn this on and someone tries to log into your account from a device we don't recognize, you'll be asked to confirm whether it was you.

"We've also cleaned up outdated settings so it's clear what information can and can't be shared with apps", the blog reads.

The new menu will also enable users to manage the information Facebook accesses to show users adverts. Ad preferences explains how ads work and the options you have. This will let you delete posts, reactions, comments, things you've searched for, and other content linked to your account.

Published reports say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to testify before Congress about how his company collects and uses people's data.

You'll notice the following message on this page: "Download a copy of your Facebook data". Several seemingly innocent apps that allow users to play games with their friends or share photos could also be quietly monitoring their posts, interactions with friends, and contacts.

Because this download may contain private information, you should keep it secure and take precautions when storing or sending it, or uploading it to another service.

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