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Facebook makes navigating through privacy tools easier

About time!

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In a recent announcement, Facebook says that they’re “taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.”

One such change is making privacy settings easier to find on the platform. The redesign now allows users on mobile to access everything in one place. What info can and can’t be shared with apps are also now made clearer.

Old design (left) vs new design (right)

There’s also a new Privacy Shortcuts menu which Facebook says is “clearer, more visual, and easy-to-find.” In theory, this will allow users to control data easier. It must be pointed out, however, that these settings have always been here, but it’s only now that efforts are made to make them more visible.

Another tab will allow you to find and delete anything from your Facebook timeline. The Access Your Information menu will allow users to manage information better from a single, easy-to-find page. Users can also download their Facebook data — photos, contacts, timeline posts, etc. — for their own viewing pleasure, or even for transferring to another platform.

It’s also been revealed that there will be an update on the site’s terms of service and data policy in the coming weeks. “These updates,” Facebook explains, “are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”

The changes come following the Cambridge Analytica data breach which affected millions of Facebook users. In what Zuckerberg describes as a “breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it,” a quiz app was able to access user data and profiles without consent. Said data was subsequently used for political ad-targeting. In his statement on the matter, Zuckerberg says, “we need to fix that.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook may have been snooping on your call and SMS history for years

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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