The facebook privacy setting that allowed the whole Cambridge Analytic uproar to happen is gone. The one that was hidden in plain sight for years where you really had to SEARCH to find it—has disappeared.
Poof! Just like that. Like it was never there. But it WAS there. And now, because Facebook is talking about how much they value your privacy (at least until they got caught violating your privacy). At Tech Wellness we think it’s important that you see the setting that Facebook is hoping you’ll forget all about: “Apps Others Use.” We’re breathing a sigh of relief that this crazy option isn’t an option anymore
The night the Cambridge Analytica story broke, August made a video showing this wacky little FB setting in action. So silly to think we all could have been sharing our friend's stuff and they could have been sharing ours all innocently.
So strange that to even find this setting we had to go into Apps. Not privacy. Oh well. The good news it’s gone. But Alas, what’s next?
Facebook users who value their privacy are not out of the woods yet.
First, we still LOVE our killer guide to Facebook privacy settings. We still recommend refraining from using the simple and easy "log on with” Facebook option.
When you do, you’re granting the App and FB permissions to share certain information.
You can see what that information is by going to Account Settings > Apps
Step 2 :
Look at your options with each and every app. You do have some control and we just have to be mindful to exercise it and use the deliciously Free Facebook service with care.
Remember, as with anything we do online, our privacy is absolutely not guaranteed. So until media companies and advertisers do a bit more in the self regulating arena, be mindful and aware. 😘
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