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Published: Thursday, 5/22/2014

Facebook expands privacy checkup tool

Will limit post audience for new users to 'friends'

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK  — More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings.

No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public updates. The feature is designed to remind people how widely they share posts, what apps they use and other privacy issues.

Facebook engineering manager Raylene Yung says the tool is the result of user feedback and decisions by the company to improve the user experience. Facebook says users are sometimes worried about sharing something by accident, or sharing with the wrong audience.

Facebook will also make the default audience for new users’ posts to “friends.” Previously, it was set to public.



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