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Facebook and Instagram have changed their privacy rules – that’s what they do with your personal information

META has announced a new privacy policy for social media companies Facebook and Instagram.

The new policy will come into effect this summer.

Facebook and Instagram each serve over a billion accounts

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Facebook and Instagram each serve over a billion accountsPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
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Zuckerberg announced that Facebook and all of its businesses will be rebranded to Meta in October 2021Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

“Our goal with this update is to clarify our data practices,” Meta wrote in a post announcing the changes.

Other apps in the meta family, such as WhatsApp or Messenger Kids, are not affected by the update.

Notifications of the policy and its progress began on May 26th and will continue until full implementation on July 26th.

No action is required from the user at this point.

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Meta has continuously reiterated the new policy and does not give them any additional rights over your data.

“Although the text looks different in many places, Meta does not collect, use or share your information in new ways based on this policy update, and we still do not sell your information,” the company wrote in the announcement blog.

“While the language looks different in many places, this update doesn’t allow us to collect more types of data or use it in new ways,” Michel Protti, Meta’s chief privacy officer, wrote in an email.

Facebook collects user information, including location data, to customize news feeds and to improve site functionality for businesses and individuals.

In 2018, Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg had to answer over 600 congressional questions about Facebook’s use of user information.

Data from 87 million Facebook users had mistakenly ended up in the hands of a political consultancy – the New York Times joked that Zuckerberg was going on an “apology spree”.

CNBC quoted Zuckerberg at the time as saying, “We have a responsibility to protect your privacy, and if we can’t do that, we don’t deserve to serve you.”

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Meta plunged through its worst day in the stock market when its value fell 26% on Feb. 2.

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Chris Barrese

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