FACEBOOK has a slew of changes planned to improve the privacy on its hugely-successful social network following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Facebook has rolled-out a dramatic change to your News Feed today, as part of its ongoing plans to improve privacy following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Earlier this month, Facebook confirmed 87 million users’ personal data was scraped and used by UK-based political data firm Cambridge Analytica.
Of those, Facebook has admitted that up to 2.7 million people in the European Union may have been victims.
The news has wiped-off almost $50 billion from Facebook’s market value as investors fear the Cambridge Analytica scandal could permanently damage the social network’s reputation, deter advertisers and invite tougher regulation.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for his company's role in the data scandal.
The 33-year-old multi-billionaire will testify in-front of the United States Congress this week, on April 11th.
Meanwhile, Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, has announced a slew of changes coming to the social network to try and improve privacy.
And one of the biggest changes is set to roll-out worldwide today, Monday 9th April.
In a blog about the changes, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said: "Starting on Monday, April 9, we’ll show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use — and the information they have shared with those apps.
"People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want. As part of this process we will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
Other key changes coming to Facebook include the removal of the ability to search for friends by their phone number.
Facebook has also confirmed plans to delete all call and text history logs older than one year.
“In the future, the client will only upload to our servers the information needed to offer this feature — not broader data such as the time of calls,” Mike Schroepfer added.
The sweeping changes rolling out to Facebook accidentally broke dating app Tinder, which relies on Facebook login to authenticate its users, earlier this month.
Mr Schroepfer concludes, "Overall, we believe these changes will better protect people’s information while still enabling developers to create useful experiences.
“We know we have more work to do — and we’ll keep you updated as we make more changes.”