Operating under the umbrella of Meta, Facebook is still one of the world’s most popular platforms with billions of users. Many innovations are constantly being added to the social network. Facebook will remove sections of profiles that include information on religion, political views, sexual orientation, and address. This change will take effect from December 1st.
The changes will take effect from December 1
According to reports, the US-based platform has decided to remove the ‘Religious Views’ section of users’ profiles, as well as the ‘Interests’ section used to indicate sexual orientation. A company spokesperson confirmed this development. Apart from these two sections, it was stated that the ‘Political Views’ and ‘Address’ sections will no longer be included in Facebook profiles, while other personal information will remain.
This information removing from Facebook will not have much impact on usability. It will only reduce the need to scroll down when looking at the user profiles. However, this decision can be seen as an indication of a change in perception about privacy. This information has been available on Facebook since the early days of the social network.
At the time, sharing such personal information was not thought to be a problem. However, in the intervening period, both the privacy sensitivity of users has increased and companies such as Meta have started to pay more attention to this issue.
As to why these fields are disappearing, a Meta spokesperson told it’s all about ease of use: “As part of our efforts to make Facebook easier to navigate and use, we’re removing a handful of profile fields: Interested In, Religious Views, Political Views, and Address … We’re sending notifications to people who have these fields filled out, letting them know these fields will be removed. This change doesn’t affect anyone’s ability to share this information about themselves elsewhere on Facebook.”
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