December 17, 2012
Facebook will offer improvements to its privacy settings by the end of the year to allow users to change and understand their privacy settings without going to a remote privacy settings page.
The social network will provide a dropdown box on “almost every page,” reports The Atlantic. Facebook will also include messages alongside posts to help people understand who can see the specific status update or picture.
Changes to the privacy settings are intended to help people understand who can see content, and to help users target and remove inappropriate or unwanted content.
The changes will not affect Facebook’s data sharing, and Facebook will continue to leverage user data to build targeted advertising.
While The Atlantic classifies the changes as mostly “cosmetic,” it still says they are important because simplifying privacy control could help Facebook gain user trust.