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Introducing Facebook’s new Privacy Basics

Facebook is introducing new Privacy Basics to make it easier for people to find tools for controlling their information on Facebook.

Privacy Basics shares tips for things like securing your account, understanding who can see posts, and knowing what your profile looks like to others. It is part of Facebook’s overall effort to make sure people have all the information they need to share what they want with only the people they want to see it. 

Privacy Basics features improved functionality and top topics based on people’s most frequently asked questions about privacy and security. Built using feedback from the Facebook community, there are 32 interactive guides available in 44 languages.


In addition to connecting with friends and family online and offline, we encourage you to take the time to get to know yourself:

  • Take the Privacy Checkup. You’ll walk through a few quick steps to make sure only the people you want to see your stuff can see it. You can review who you’re posting to, which apps you’re using, and the privacy of key pieces of information on your profile.
  • Choose who sees what you postOn Facebook, you can use the audience selector to choose who will see each of your posts — just your friends, everyone, or specific people you select.
  • Increase your account security by turning on login approvalsYou’ll get a unique security code each time you access your Facebook account from a new device.
  • Manage your ad preferences: Want to know why you’re seeing a particular ad, or see more that are relevant to your preferences? Ad preferences lets you control the ads you see so they are more useful to you. You can also hide a particular ad.
  • Check yourself: Ever wondered what your Facebook profile looks like to other people? You can use View As to preview what the public or a specific person, like a friend or a coworker, would see if they visited your profile.

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