Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Facebook begins privacy push ahead of tough new European law

Facebook begins privacy push ahead of tough new European law

Starting today we're introducing educational videos in News Feed that help you get information on important privacy topics like how to control what information Facebook uses to show you ads, how to review and delete old posts, and even what it means to delete your account.

Also among the company's privacy principles are helping users understand how their data is used, keeping that information secure, constantly improving new controls, and being accountable to regulators.

Facebook's decision to tighten up the social network's security comes as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect this year. The company is creating a "privacy center" where all related settings can be found in one place on the website.

Earlier this month CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to "fix" Facebook by ensuring users saw more posts from people rather than brands as it seeks to maintain an audience that is aging and posting less amid fierce competition from new services such as Snapchat and Instagram, the latter of which is of course owned by Facebook. Facebook now promotes a more limited feature called Privacy Check-Up that gives you privacy controls over future posts, your profile's About Me section, and app preferences. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the new privacy center in Europe last week.

Many believe that the announcement made by Facebook is a sign that large tech companies are getting ready for this new Law. "This includes tools to make sure you share only what you want with the people you want to see it". The new videos will appear in the News Feed in the near future.

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The initiative is an example of how tech industry efforts to comply with the GDPR will spill over to users in the United States.

We know how important it is for you to have clear, simple tools for managing your privacy. Closer to home, the company has come under heightened scrutiny over its handling of Russian disinformation campaigns that ran on the social media platform before and after the 2016 presidential election.

There were seven privacy principles announced by Facebook.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, billionaire philanthropist and leading donor to liberal causes George Soros described Facebook and Google as menacing, monopolistic companies.

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