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Facebook to Simplify Privacy Settings Amid Media Unrest

Facebook has announced it is considering simplifying its security settings, following widespread controversy over the social network's handling of user data.

Facebook's vice-president of public privacy, Eliot Schrage, revealed to The Financial Times (opens in new tab) that the company is looking into the possibility of making its personal data protection settings simpler for users to access.

The move comes after Google this week reported searches for “deleting Facebook account” had nearly doubled in the last week.

Facebook came under heavy criticism recently after it changed the default privacy setting for users' profiles, making content available to 'everyone'.

Matters worsened after an old instant messaging conversation emerged in which Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the Harvard students who trusted him with their personal details at the social network's outset as "dumb f**ks".

Censure also came from European Data Protection officials, and severe criticism fof Facebook in the press led many technology watchers to remove their personal data from Facebook.

Facebook has denied a hefty loss of its user base, but has said it will make extra efforts to educate users regarding their privacy settings.