Facebook's Privacy Checkup helps you figure out who's seeing what

The new tool is designed to be a clearinghouse where you can understand your current privacy settings and change them if needed.

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Facebook's new Privacy Checkup makes it easier to see how exposed your posts are to the public and your friends. Facebook

Facebook has launched a new tool to help sort out who among your friends and the public at-large are seeing your posts on the social network.

The Privacy Checkup tool began rolling out on Thursday to the more than 1.2 billion people who use the network. It's designed to be a clearinghouse where you can understand your current privacy settings and change them if need be.

When the social network originally announced the Privacy Checkup earlier this year, Facebook told CNET that it conducts more than 80 trillion privacy checks per day to ensure that posts aren't shared with a wider group of Facebook users than the author of the post intended.

The tool walks you through three privacy focal points. There's your sharing settings -- the "Friends" or "Public" notice that is attached to posts -- as well as a list of which apps are connected to Facebook and who can see posts from those apps, and an option to review the privacy status of your profile information.

If you're not sure if you have the checkup tool yet, click on the lock icon in the upper-right corner of Facebook. A purple dinosaur should appear next to the top option, which will be labeled Privacy Checkup.

 

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