Life Style
Facebook rolls out 'privacy checkup'
Publish Date: Sep 05, 2014
Facebook rolls out 'privacy checkup'
  • mail
  • img

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook on Thursday began rolling out its "privacy checkup" aimed at helping users of the huge social network better manage sharing their information and postings.

The new system uses a blue dinosaur to guide Facebook users through its maze of privacy settings for personal information and for sharing their posts.

"We know you come to Facebook to connect with friends, not with us," Facebook's Paddy Underwood said in a blog post.

"But we also know how important it is to be in control of what you share and who you share with."

Facebook announced the plan in June in its latest response to concerns about privacy, following criticism over its data mining practices for marketing purposes.

The dinosaur will pop up when users log on to Facebook, and take them through each step of the privacy settings, from their personal information to the apps that may access Facebook data.

A privacy shortcut will also be on each Facebook page to allow users to update their privacy settings.

Facebook, which has grown to more than a billion members worldwide, has been dogged by privacy issues for years, as well as by lawsuits claiming it fails to ensure personal data is safeguarded from marketers and third-party apps.

The group agreed with a US government agency to submit to external audits of how well it guards users' data.


Related Stories

When a Facebook friend dies

Facebook 'Color Change' App is Malicious

Facebook manipulated users emotions in secret study




The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Bboy Bbosa  is Break-Fast Jam 2015 Finals champion
Uganda''s Bboy Bbosa beat a strong field from the East African region to emerge champion at the Break-Fast Jam 2015 Finals at YMCA Wandegeya on Sunday....
Viagra and Botox makers to merge to create $160 bn pharma giant
Viagra-maker Pfizer and Allergan, the maker of Botox, said Monday they will merge to create the world's biggest pharmaceutical group in a deal worth around $160 billion (151 billion euros)....
Meet MTN marathon’s beauty queens and youngsters
This time round MTN marathon teemed with strikingly beautiful ladies....
Couples paint the MTN Marathon with love
As people woke up at the break of dawn to participate in the MTN marathon, among them, couples staggered out of their beds, hand-in-hand and hit the road....
Facebook tests tools for dealing with former loves
The online social network devoted to making the world more connected on Thursday began helping couples break up.Facebook tests tools for dealing with former loves...
Clothes smarter than you are: welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?...
Is Uganda ready for the pope's visit?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter