Facebook has begun changes to it’s privacy tools which may be down to the recent controversy which saw 50 million users of the social network have data shared for political advantage.
The update will not actually change the sites privacy policies and what data it gathers about you, but will provide an easier method to alter the previously hard to use privacy and security settings.
Even though the change comes amid the scrutiny over Facebook for harvesting data, they claim that these changes where already planned prior to the scandal to ensure compliance with new EU rules.
Facebook Recently Wrote In A Blog Post:
“Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed.
So in addition to Mark Zuckerberg’s announcements last week – cracking down on abuse of the Facebook platform, strengthening our policies, and making it easier for people to revoke apps’ abilities to use your data – we’re taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.
Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underline their importance.”
January saw Zuckerberg losing $3.3 Billion due to the changes he implemented in to Facebook, this is because the less data people are willing to share on the site means the advertisers who buy the data see it as less valuable.
What are your thoughts on the scandal? Let us know!
I know what you are thinking, sounds great for Sam Altman? well not entirely as the process and preparations will inevitably end the billionaires life so that his brain can be uploaded.
Altman who is only 32 is currently on a 25 person waiting list at the start up company Nectome who are the ones promising that they can upload human brains to a cloud. The procedure is known as ‘eternal preservation’ and will require him to go out in a process similar to physician assisted-suicide.
The companies co-founders are aiming to preserve brains down to the last microscopic detail thanks to a high-tech embalming process. The process requires your brain to be turned in to glass, but the company uses the term vitrifixed.
The whole process could be very useful for people who are suffering from terminal illness and want there brain to be preserved forever. Sam Altman said recently: “I assume my brain will be uploaded to the cloud. There is a lot of philosophical debate, but to me a simulation is close enough that it’s worth something. And there is a much larger humanitarian aspect to the whole thing. Right now, when a generation of people die, we lose all their collective wisdom. You can transmit knowledge to the next generation, but it’s harder to transmit wisdom, which is learned. Your children have to learn from the same mistakes.
That was fine for a while, but we get more powerful every generation. The sheer immense potential of what we can do increases, but the wisdom does not.”
The company made it’s intentions clear after the Co-founders spent several weeks staying in an AirBnb in Oregon, to buy the body of an elderly woman, they managed to preserve her brain after just 2.5 hours which means that even though the tactics they use may be very creepy, they still know what they are doing!
Would you ever consider having your brain “turned to glass” and upload to cloud so that it may live on forever, or do you feel like it is too strange?