Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is set to make its privacy controls easier to find and understand. The updated privacy setting gives users more control over the content.

The update includes new shortcuts to access privacy controls, more control on how the information appears, and new ways of removing tags from photos.

These changes mark the most extensive overhaul of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s privacy controls in last 15 months. The three important elements that this change will bring are:

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* New privacy shortcuts: A new icon on the toolbar will allow users to access three key questions – who cansee my stuff?, who can contact me?, and how do I stop someone from bothering me?

* In-product education: Facebook will try to explain where your posted content will appear – it will remind users while a post may be hidden from their timeline, it will still appear in news feeds, search, and other places on Facebook.

* Request and removal tool: Facebook users are many times tagged by strangers and sometimes to some abusive/unwanted photos. With this option, Facebook will allow users to select multiple photos and then untag them from those photos. From there, they can also send a message to the person who tagged them asking to remove the tags.

Some other changes include new permissions for third party app developers. The new tools and changes will be rolled out this month and all one billion Facebook users will be notified about the changes.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) also plans to make search a more prominent part of its strategy. Mark Zuckerberg spoke about its plan to build a search engine. Facebook already has plethora of information about all users. However, the company won’t most likely reveal all the information, and it can offer a way for users to opt-out from sharing such information.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) says that “These updates and new tools will begin rolling out at the end of 2012”.

(via: Facebook blog)

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