Facebook is notifying users that it will remove four information fields from profiles starting next month. These fields include religious views, political views, addresses, and the “Interested in” field, which indicates the user’s sexual orientation. The change will take effect on December 1. A spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch in an email that the reason behind the change was to make the social network easier to use.
“As part of our efforts to make Facebook easier to navigate and use, we are removing several profile fields: Interest, Religious Views, Political Views and Address,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We are sending notices to people who filled out these fields letting them know that these fields will be removed. This change does not affect anyone’s ability to share this information about themselves elsewhere on Facebook.
The change was first noticed by social media consultant Matt Navara, who tweeted a screenshot of the message sent to users who filled in those fields. The notice indicates that users’ other information will remain in their profiles, along with the rest of their contact and basic information.
Facebook’s decision to get rid of these specific profile fields is part of its effort to streamline its platform, which currently consists of several features that are somewhat outdated. It is worth noting that the information fields that Facebook decided to remove are ones that other major social networks do not offer. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok have simple bios that allow users to share a little about themselves without going into specific details, such as political or religious views. In the past, people may have been interested in filling out their profiles with additional information, but after privacy breaches came to light, users may no longer want to share additional details about themselves online.
The news comes as Meta laid off 11,000 workers, which is about 13% of the workforce last week. The cuts come amid a difficult time for Meta, which provided tepid guidance last October on its upcoming fourth-quarter earnings. The layoffs marked the most significant job cuts in the tech giant’s history.