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If Facebook data scandal continues to weigh on the share price of the company and the public expression of fatigue on her commitment to the protection of the users, the social network announced a redesign aimed at streamlining and improving the privacy settings.

In answer to several questions of the legislators and the pushback from some users, Facebook said in a March 28 blog post that the change of the settings screen to make it easier for users to gain control over their information or delete their data.

On the desktop site, there is a new panel called Access to the Information that allows users to easily manage, or delete a wide variety of things—messages, comments, reactions, search, history, Facebook. You can also download a secure copy of the data that you have shared with Facebook, including photos, messages and much more, more easily.

The mobile settings page prior to the redesign, on the left, and after on the right.

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The settings page for mobile devices has also received a facelift, with easier-to-read descriptions of what each menu item is a shortcut, a space, in contrast to the previous version is 20 different screens.

The social media giant announced a series of changes in the design of the settings and privacy pages on Wednesday.

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Finally, the privacy shortcuts page now has more visuals and explanation of what each option does. Settings, that were previously separated by asking questions like ” How do I stop someone from bothering me?,” are now divided into safety, personal information, ads you see, and management of who sees your messages, and profile information.

In his blog, Facebook claims many of these changes are in the works for a while and that regulators, legislators and privacy experts were consulted. The company says it will also be a proposal for updates to the terms of service in the coming months.

The fall-out from reports in various publications that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the Facebook data of 50 million users, has continued. The data mining company, which has links with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, denies any wrongdoing.

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“These updates are all about transparency – not about gaining new rights to collect, use or share information,” Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer for Policy, and Ashlie Beringer, vice-president and Deputy General Counsel, said.

Whether these changes will be enough to mollify the interests of privacy experts, policy makers and the FTC, is anyone’s guess. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly planning to testify before U.S. lawmakers, but he has so far refused to do the same with their British colleagues.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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