Facebook has taken action against a network of fake news pages and made it easier for us to ditch apps from our accounts. While relatively small steps, they are a sign that what started as a way for dorky college students to meet girls is trying to rehabilitate its damaged reputation.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the pages of a “Russian troll factory” have been removed after the Russia-based Federal News Agency and Internet Research Agency “has repeatedly acted to deceive people and manipulate people around the world, and we don’t want them on Facebook anywhere”.
The use of those accounts has been investigated by authorities in the United States and found to be linked with attempts to tamper with the US 2016 presidential campaign.
In a further development, Facebook has also made it far easier to clear out apps connected to your Facebook account.
In the past, if you wanted to clear out a bunch of old and unwanted apps, you had to do that one app at a time, going though confirmations and all that. In short, it was a long and tedious process.
Now, you can select multiple apps and remove them in one fell swoop. This works on both the mobile and desktop site and not only removes the apps but also provides an option to remove anything the apps posted on your behalf.
And apps that aren’t accessed for three months are also automatically removed.