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Facebook announced initiatives to redesign its privacy settings Wednesday as the Cambridge Analytica data scandal continues to cloud the company's image.

In response to multiple inquiries from lawmakers and pushback from some users, Facebook said in a March 28 blog post that it's changing the settings screen to make it easier for users to gain control of their information or delete their data. It will also let people manage the information the company uses to show ads.

A new privacy shortcuts menu has been introduced so users can more easily control their data - such as making their account more secure, and controlling the ads they see.

The social media firm says most of the planned updates - which will roll out over the coming weeks - have been in the works "for some time", but have taken on a new level of importance in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Manage who sees your posts and profile information: You own what you share on Facebook, and you can manage things like who sees your posts and the information you choose to include on your profile.

Still firmly in damage limitation mode, Facebook has announced updates to how its bewildering settings menus are displayed and how the privacy of its two billion users can be tightened.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook, and attorneys representing 37 states are also pressing Zuckerberg to explain what happened.

Facebook's new hardware products, connected speakers with digital-assistant and video-chat capabilities, are undergoing a deeper review to ensure that they make the right trade-offs regarding user data, according to people familiar with the matter.

Among the updates are tools to find, download and delete your Facebook data, as well as a simplified settings menu "accessible from a single place", Egan and Beringer said.

Through Facebook's website, you can now download every post, every photo every check-in since you created your account. There you will find the apps which have access to different parts of your information; you can completely delete their privileges or adjust them accordingly.

One of the best things about Facebook - and many other social media platforms - are their free nature. Prasad also cautioned Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, of repercussions under IT Act in case any data breach came to light.

If you're anxious about what personal information Facebook has gathered on you, there's a way to find it and delete it.

  • David Armstrong