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Facebook introduces “Privacy Basics” aim to help Users to control information

NEW YORK: Facebook’s updated terms and policies will aim to help users better understand how to control their information with the introduction of “Privacy Basics.”

A public announcement said the social networking site aims to help users get the experience they want while providing them ways to protect their privacy.

“Now, with Privacy Basics, users will get tips and a how to guide for taking charge of their experience on Facebook,” the social media site’s public announcement said. “We’re also updating our terms, data policy and cookies policy to reflect new features we’ve been working on and to make them easy to understand.”

The site will provide interactive guides to answer commonly asked questions about how to control personal information on the site. These guides, available in 36 languages, will allow users to learn more about untagging, unfriending, blocking and more.

Lacey Baze, assistant director of product strategy and communications for Texas A&M Information Technology, said the privacy guides should make it easier for students to manage their privacy settings.

Baze said Facebook’s new Privacy Basics dashboard makes it easier for users, especially busy students, to manage their privacy settings in one place.

“However, users have little control over what information Facebook shares with its advertisers,” Baze said. “They currently track your online activity and use that information for advertising on Facebook, unless you explicitly opt out of the tracking.”