The company says the new layout will streamline the settings into one location "instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens". From the new setting page, people will be able to delete specific things they've shared or liked in the past, stopping advertisers from having access to that information.
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) has sent out a notice to Facebook, seeking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps. Facebook said most of the updates had been in the works for some time, but recent events had emphasised their importance.
The company has faced a global outcry after a whistleblower said that data from millions of its users was improperly harvested by consultancy Cambridge Analytica to target US and British voters in close-run elections.
New Privacy Shortcuts menu: The toolbar will provide access to setting in way that's "clearer, more visual, and easy-to-find", Facebook said.
There is also a new "Privacy Shortcuts" menu, which collects the settings for privacy, security, and ads in one place, with more clear descriptions, like "Who can see my stuff?" and "How do I stop someone from bothering me?"
You'll also be able to add two-factor authentication to your account, limit the types of ads you see and manage who can see your posts and personal information. Facebook is no longer among the top five most valuable companies in the world and it delayed unveiling a new home speaker product to reevaluate how it uses data, according to people familiar with the matter.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the way user data was handled. That may prove hard due to the frequency with which mobile apps get updated, but the focus will be on Facebook to produce the evidence to back its claim permission was always clearly requested before data collection began.
Facebook plans to give users more control over their data.
Meanwhile, Facebook said that it is taking additional steps which will be rolled out in coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.
Last week, the IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had warned social media companies, such as Facebook of "stringent action", if any attempt was made by them to interfere in the country's electoral process.