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Facebook rolls out ‘new privacy controls’ to US users

Last Updated: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 14:28

Sydney: Social networking giant Facebook is set to roll out its new privacy controls to its users in the United States. Facebook''s manager of privacy and safety, Nicky Jackson Colaco, said that all Facebook users in the US would have the new controls by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 21.

“Obviously there are a a ton of holiday and New Year''s parties this time of year. For those waking up on Jan. 1 who want to figure out what photos they want to take off, the Activity Log and the Report and Remove tool are great ways to manage those potentially inflammatory photos,” Colaco told ABC News.

According to the report, last week Facebook announced some major changes to the look and feel of its privacy controls. One of the biggest changes includes a new redesigned menu, which is located in the upper right hand corner of every Facebook page. Click the small lock icon and a larger box with questions like "Who Can See My Stuff?" will appear, which makes getting to the right place easier and the menus have been tidied up, though some settings are still hard to find, the report said.

Facebook has also added educational messages to parts of Facebook. In particular it is focusing on telling users that even if a photo is not tagged with your name, others might be able to see it on Facebook, perhaps through your friends'' Timelines, the report added.

The firm is also making it easier to untag photos -- remove identifying information from them. The Activity Log will be updated with a new "Request and Remove" tool. You can filter images, untag multiple photos and contact others to untag you, the report added.

Facebook has recently released a new Android app and has confirmed testing a new Timeline design.


First Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 14:28
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