In response to multiple inquiries from lawmakers and pushback from some users, Facebook said in a March 28 blog post that it's changing the settings screen to make it easier for users to gain control of their information or delete their data.
"A blog post by Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook said, ".we're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.
The announcement is part of Facebook's efforts to answer the firestorm of criticism that's arisen in the wake of revelations that data from 50 million people was accessed by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica without their permission.
While Facebook said on Wednesday the changes it was announcing had been in the works for some time, it said the events of the "past several days underscore their importance". Here you'll be able to view and delete anything you've shared to Facebook, such as posts, reactions, and things you've searched for.
Facebook's move comes as authorities around the globe investigate how Facebook handles and shares private data, and with its shares having tumbled more than 15 percent, wiping out tens of billions in market value.
Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to appear in front of a parliamentary inquiry into the alleged abuse of Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) users' data has been described as "absolutely astonishing" by MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news).
Next, Facebook is adding a privacy shortcuts menu "where you can control your data in just a few taps".
The settings menu has been redesigned to make information easier to find and accessible from one place.
When contacted, Facebook spokesperson said, We are strongly committed to protecting people's information. But as part of the company's bid to win back the trust of users, it announced that people will soon be able to use the program to report app developers who've been caught misusing data, ZDNet's Liam Tung reports.
To be sure, users have always been able to download a copy of all the information that Facebook keeps.
"You can review what you've shared and delete it if you want to". About 8% of Facebook users said they plan to stop using the service because of data-privacy concerns raised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a survey fielded by Raymond James & Associates.