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Facebook’s settlement with US FTC leads to privacy-focused changes

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Facebook is forced to establish a committee, an external evaluator and a chief compliance officer for privacy

After a series of data scandals, Facebook is forced to create new privacy regulations within the company. The company would establish a committee, an external evaluator, and a chief compliance officer, The New York Times reported.

Under the terms of Facebook’s settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company will have to ‘strengthen its privacy practices’.

The report published on Thursday said, “The proposed commitments are part of negotiations between the agency and Facebook to settle privacy violations. Both have been talking for months over claims that Facebook violated a 2011 privacy consent decree.”

For this year’s annual Facebook F8 conference more than 5,000 developers, creators, and entrepreneurs from around the world came together to discuss more on building a privacy-focused social platform. Mark Zuckerburg during the two-day event said the new strategy is a fundamental shift on how Facebook builds products and operates them.

As part of its plan to move past the data scandals, Facebook during the event unveiled the redesign of its mobile app and desktop site. The new versions have features that will encourage group-based communications instead of News Feeds. With these changes, users can simply share information and message each other on private groups.

Facebook also plans to push its Stories feature which allows users to post updates that last only for 24 hours. Zuckerberg said in an interview. “Everywhere you can see and connect with friends, you’ll be able to see and connect with groups; it’s going to be woven into the fabric of Facebook.”

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