Based on screenshots published by TNW, members receive a new message alerting them to the changes and explaining how they can block specific users.
A privacy shortcut menu is now part of the main toolbar at the top of your Facebook page. Previously, you'd have to click on the down arrow at the end of the bar to access your privacy settings. But the new and more visible menu displays basic questions on how to set various privacy options, seemingly making it easier to control specific features.
A Privacy Settings and Tools page also breaks down your privacy controls based on specific questions, such as "Who can see my stuff?" and "Who can look me up?" The page itself provides an overview of all your privacy options and lets you make sure your Timeline doesn't get indexed by search engines, according to TNW.
The company has often been criticized for not taking security seriously enough and for making changes to its policy without explaining them to its members.Privacy has been long been a thorn in Facebook's paw.
These latest settings attempt to boil down privacy to specific concerns and issues, so hopefully they'll simplify the process for members.
New Zealand is typically the launchpad for Facebook when the company is testing or rolling out new features, but the new privacy controls will soon travel around the rest of the world.
A representative for Facebook told CNET that "we're testing the new tools in some specific countries right now and we will be rolling them out to additional countries over the next week."