As you might have heard, Facebook is in quite a lot of trouble after it was discovered that an outside company had misused user data gathered via Facebook, which is said to have had an impact on how it helped President Donald Trump win the election. Now Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come forward with a plan on how Facebook can better protect your data.

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According to Zuckerberg, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”

To do this, Facebook will be taking a look at all apps that might have access to a large portion of user data and will conduct full audits on any apps with suspicious activity. They will also be banning developers that misuse personally identifiable information. They will also be restricting developers’ data access even further, such as removing access to a user’s data if they haven’t used their app in 3 months.

Personal data will also be further reduced to just the user’s name, profile photo, and email address, and that additional data will require developers to seek approval but also sign a contract. Facebook also has plans to roll out a new tool at the top of their News Feed that shows users the apps they’ve used and also provide an easy way for users to revoke access.

We’re not sure if all of this will be enough, but we suppose it’s a start.

https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10104712037900071

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