Sparked by recent privacy news, Facebook made the decision to prioritize their own safety in addition to giving you more control over your data. On the one hand, privacy, encryption, and location services on your privacy status will no longer be powered by advertising. On the other hand, your friends’ privacy will no longer be automatically reduced. Facebook appears to be expanding its policy by prioritizing communication over security, making it harder for users to make informed decisions about their personal data. Here’s how to take control of your Facebook data.

Facebook Can’t Build Safe Data Safeguards

Facebook has been criticized for using your personal data without your consent. They’ve also been accused of not properly protecting your information. The recent allegations of covert work by contractors and inappropriately sharing user data with the Russian government are just the most visible examples of this issue. Although Facebook has long promised privacy and accountability over their use of data, they have yet to prove it. According to Buzzfeed, Facebook is allegedly “breaking” their own policies and mishandling their personal data to generate huge profits. This is the same company that struggles to control the data companies it has sold your data to and that are continually violating your privacy. Facebook continues to improve and expand as it never stops developing new monetization models. Why are we allowing them to break our privacy and our data in the name of making our lives easier? With smart social media, you have an incredible opportunity to get in touch with friends and family. Taking advantage of this, however, is far more complicated than I’m willing to allow.

Making Good On It

Both Facebook and Twitter are turning to automation to increase efficiency and reduce human resources. While both social media platforms are still an enormous waste of time for most people, they’re not completely accountable. You will not immediately see the gap between your privacy and Facebook’s algorithms reduced unless you’re willing to work for it. Although a lack of human intervention is undoubtedly better for people trying to make friends, it prevents their full potential from reaching their full potential. Often, you may not even realize that you have a privacy problem until your friends tell you that you’re no longer liked. It’s important that you know who has access to your personal data and what is allowed.

Facebook User Learning

It’s not just Facebook’s community that needs the help of their users. While their users benefit from the information and constant social networking, their internal operations don’t always keep up. Keeping an eye on what’s happening in the corporate world is an important component to your own personal life. We live in a world of technology and social media that makes it easy to lose track of these things. We need to be aware of what’s happening with our data, even when we don’t feel like doing it. As promised, Facebook has now stopped building bespoke privacy controls for themselves. Instead, they’re letting you do it for them. They no longer want to make personal data unnecessary, so they’re going to make sure that their controls stay private by themselves. This might be a good idea when they’re not constantly searching for the next profit-making scheme to squeeze out of your personal data, but I recommend that you stick to the old-fashioned Facebook privacy rules instead.