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Facebook plans clearer privacy controls

Facebook promises better privacy, but one third of tech workers plan to uninstall, survey shows

Facebook plans clearer privacy controls
A survey of tech workers showed one third plan to ditch Facebook.

Facebook has admitted that it needs to do more to enforce its privacy policies and to improve protection of user data.

In a statement, Facebook legal officers said that the social media platform intends to make it easier for users to manage their privacy settings, along with previously announced plans to cut down on abuse of the platform.

The changes include collecting all settings for Facebook mobile versions into a single screen, and improvements to make it clearer what data is being shared. A privacy shortcuts menu will be included to make it easier for users to find their privacy settings.

Facebook is also promising that it will provide tools to find, download and delete Facebook data, so that users are able to manage their own data better.

The company also says that it will update its terms of service and its data policy to be clearer on how it is using your data.

The statement, attributed to Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel, said: "The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find, and that we must do more to keep people informed. So in addition to Mark's announcements last week - cracking down on abuse of the Facebook platform, strengthening our policies, and making it easier for people to revoke apps' ability to use your data - we're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people in more control over their privacy. Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance."

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by Blind, an anonymous workplace app and online community for tech workers, showed that nearly one third of all tech workers now plan to uninstall Facebook.

The online survey of 2,600 Blind users found that 31% said they would uninstall, but 69% said no.

The survey was conducted from 20-24th March.

Blind is a social platform for company workers to anonymously share information and network about their companies. The app claims to have over 35,000 Microsoft employees, 10,000 Amazon employees, and 6,000 Google employees among its users.

By the top responses by company, 50% of Microsoft workers, 46% of Snapchat employees, 40% of Uber employees, and 38% of Google workers and 34% of Amazon workers said they would delete Facebook. Only two percent of Facebook users said they planned to uninstall.

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