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Facebook updates Privacy Tool and enforces policy against manipulated media

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Facebook’s Privacy Checkup tool, which has been available since 2014, is now being revamped with four new topics that are aimed at helping the user understand and control how and with whom they’re sharing their information and how it is being used.

The new version of the privacy checkup tool will roll out globally this week, and it will now also feature the following four new privacy setting topics — Who can see what you share, How to keep your account secure, How people can find you on Facebook and Your data settings on Facebook.

Who can see what you share

This topic will help users check and control who can see their profile information, including phone number, email address, birth date, posts, among others.

How to keep your account secure

This topic will give users password tips to help set a stronger password as well as control login alerts.

How people can find you on Facebook

This topic lets users review and control how people can find them on the social network and who can send them a friend request.

Your data settings on Facebook 

One of the most important topics that will feature in the update Privacy tool lets users review the information you share with apps where you’ve logged into via Facebook and also helps them remove apps and websites from the list.

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Facebook moves against Deepfakes and doctored media

In a separate announcement, Facebook says that they’re enforcing policies to tackle manipulated media such as Deepfakes and photoshopped images or doctored videos. The company has partnered with technical, policy, media, legal, civic and academic experts and will now remove misleading manipulated media based on the following two criteria.

  • If a video has been edited — other than adjustment for clarity or quality — and is intended to mislead someone or a group of people by inserting voice modulation that says things that weren’t actually said (in short, a doctored video), then it will be removed.
  • If a video has been created using artificial intelligence or machine learning and merges, replaces or superimposes components into the video in a bid to make it look authentic but that wasn’t really there (like deepfakes), then it will be removed.

The policy doesn’t include parody or satire videos. The company has also partnered with Reuters to enabled newsrooms worldwide to identify manipulated media through an online training course.

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