Three years ago, Facebook launched Privacy Basic, a site that sought to educate the social network’s users on how to better protect their data from being seen from unwanted people. On Thursday, the company introduced a revamped version, one that is now mobile-friendly, contains more interactive guides, and a new section featuring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Many will wonder what the significance of this announcement, but on Data Privacy Day, Facebook seeks to remind users to double-check their security so that the right people see what’s needed and you don’t have any embarrassing moments.
Privacy Basics is centered around offering tips and advice around Facebook privacy, an issue that has repeatedly plagued the company in the past. Over the years, there have been efforts made to improve education, including the launch of a checklist within the social network. But Privacy Basics is intended to be the one place to really get all your questions answered.
What’s surprising is the fact that the site wasn’t as mobile-friendly as it is now. Facebook has redesigned it so there’s ways to access the site easily. It has been streamlined so there are fewer subpages to choose from and you can get to the topic you want faster. There’s even an updated navigation menu.
The site also includes a “Top Topics” section that showcases frequently asked questions such as “How can I see what my profile looks like to someone else?” 32 interactive guides are featured, translated across 44 languages, and are designed as resources for users to try out tools and other capabilities at their leisure — think of it as tutorials.
Lastly, there are direct links to the aforementioned Privacy Checkup.
“People were already engaging with the earlier version, but we’re always looking for ways to improve, keep educating, and make our privacy controls even easier to find and use. That’s why we organized the new Privacy Basics based on people’s feedback,” a company spokesperson told VentureBeat. “It’s also why we worked on making it more mobile friendly so people can access it whenever they need. To help with education, people will see prompts on Facebook customized to their specific contexts. For example, if you make a post to a “public” audience, you may receive a prompt to visit Privacy Basics so that you know what your audience options are.”