6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained

Facebook's privacy makeover continues with changes designed to make your account easier to manage. And have you met the privacy dinosaur?

change this default setting from Public to Friends, instead.

Facebook will also alert new users to choose an audience for their first post. If they don't make a choice, Facebook will set it to Friends. Anyone can change their audience at any time and can alter the privacy of their past posts as well, the social network said.

4. Privacy checkup tool
In early April, some Facebook users reported spotting the elusive Facebook "privacy dinosaur," which led them through a privacy checkup. Facebook confirmed this week that it will roll out this tool to make users more aware of their settings.


"We want to do all we can to put power and control in people's hands," Facebook said. "This new tool is designed to help everyone make sure they are sharing with just the audience they want."

The privacy checkup tool will cover a number of settings, including who they're posting to, which apps they use, and the privacy of their profile information.

5. Public posting reminder
Facebook's privacy dinosaur will also remind you when you're about to post publicly to prevent you from sharing an update with more people than you intended.


The pop-up reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just want to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience. (Your current setting is Public, though you can change this whenever you post.)"

6. Anonymous login
At Facebook's F8 developer conference earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Login, the button that allows third-party apps and websites to use Facebook login credentials, will support anonymous login.


Anonymous login lets you log into apps so you don't have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn't share personal information from Facebook. Traditionally, people using Facebook Login would need to allow the website or app to access certain information in their profiles.

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