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Facebook Again Tries to Simplify Privacy Policy

One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy and explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. On Thursday, Facebook introduced a tool called "Privacy Basics," a set of animated, interactive guides designed to show users how to control what they share on the site. Tips answer questions such as "How do I delete something I post on Facebook?" or "What do people who aren't my friends see when they search for me?" It also proposed changes to its terms and privacy policy, which it calls its data policy. The new policy is much shorter. Over the years, the company has faced concerns from users and from government regulators and privacy advocates that its policies are too complicated. Two years ago, Facebook settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it exposed details about their users' lives without getting the required legal consent. Last year, an independent audit that was part of the settlement found its privacy practices sufficient. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that some 80 percent of Americans who use social networking sites are concerned about third parties, such as advertisers, accessing data that they share on the sites.

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--- The Associated Press