Last week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it will begin centralizing privacy settings for users of Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Several important settings, including passwords, security options and ad preferences, will now be relocated to Meta’s “Accounts Center” feature.
By rolling all these settings under one umbrella, Meta likely wants to demonstrate to users and lawmakers alike that it wishes to make it easier for people to control their privacy. However, Facebook has previously been accused of moving around its settings too much and inadvertently making it more confusing, so hopefully this change doesn’t lead to that outcome. Additionally, the company promised that it will keep looking for ways to bring more controls into its Account Center.
“These changes will begin to go into effect today, and will gradually roll out to everyone on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram in the coming months,” Meta director of product management Robert d’Apice wrote in a blog post. “We’re also continuing to look for opportunities to centralize additional settings in Accounts Center going forward, so that people can more easily manage their preferences across our products.”
Regardless of Facebook’s ulterior motives for centralizing our privacy settings, the company is at least making it easier to ensure consistency across its platforms, and that’s a good thing.
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