Facebook set to roll out more privacy controls

Michael Liedtke / The Associated Press /


Published Dec 13, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is trying to make its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an effort to turn the world’s largest social network in to a more discreet place.

The fine-tuning announced Wednesday will include several revisions that will start rolling out to Facebook’s more than 1 billion users during the next few weeks and continue into early next year.

The most visible, and perhaps most appreciated, change will be a new “privacy shortcuts” section that appears as a tiny lock on the right-hand side at the top of people’s news feeds. This feature offers a drop-down box where users can get answers to common questions such as “Who can see my stuff?”.

Other updates will include a tool that enables individuals to review all the publicly available pictures identifying them on Facebook and suggestions on how to request that an embarrassing or unflattering photograph be removed. Facebook also plans to plant a privacy education page at the top of its users’ news feeds within the next month.

This marks the most extensive overhaul of Facebook’s privacy controls in about 15 months.