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Facebook redesigns privacy tools

Facebook Inc. unveiled a series of changes to make it easier for users to find privacy controls.

The social networking giant has removed outdated settings and redesigned its settings menu on mobile devices to let users review and delete the data they have shared.

The company also introduced a new privacy shortcuts menu that guides users through steps such as making their accounts more secure, controlling personal information, controlling the ads they see and managing who can access their posts and profile information, Erin Egan, vice president and chief privacy officer, policy, and Ashlie Beringer, vice president and deputy general counsel of Facebook, said in a March 28 post.

The executives said they have worked with regulators, legislators and privacy experts on these tools and updates. Facebook plans to share more updates in the coming weeks.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying in the coming weeks on data privacy and address recent concerns regarding how the social media platform's user data is handled, unnamed sources told Zuckerberg's representatives earlier said he will not testify before British lawmakers for a similar inquiry into the alleged misuse of Facebook's user data by political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica LLC and other third parties.

Zuckerberg has admitted that Facebook made mistakes regarding user privacy and outlined the steps it plans to take to restore users' trust.