Users of Facebook won’t be able to express their political and religious opinions anymore. Addresses and the “interested in” field, which disclosed a user’s sexual orientation, will also be deleted by the social media company.
A Facebook representative said the following in a statement to TechCrunch:
“We’re removing the Interested In, Religious Views, Political Views, and Address profile fields as part of our efforts to make Facebook simpler to use and navigate.
People who have filled out these fields will receive notifications from us informing them that they will be deleted. Anyone’s ability to share this information about themselves elsewhere on Facebook is unaffected by this change.
The fields were important in Facebook’s early years and are a part of the “About me” page. In an effort to further streamline the platform, Facebook decided to remove these fields.
Social media expert Matt Navarra tweeted the first time about the modification. He tweeted a screenshot of the notification that was sent to users whose profiles contained these fields.
Other social networking platforms do not provide extensive information options to enter as part of the bio, including TikTok and Instagram, which is owned by Meta itself. The popularity of people using such features has decreased as more people become aware of how their information is utilised by social media to target advertisements.
To improve its operations and lower costs, Meta has been changing a number of things. It has kept up its efforts to punish workers who engage in illegal activity. Following the global layoff of more than 11,000 employees, it also shut down its Portal operation.