Facebook Gets Even More Intrusive
As if Facebook wasn't intrusive enough, it's taken another giant leap, adding new apps that tell us way more than we want to know about people we've "friended" and telling our "friends" way more than we ever intended to share.
The apps are all set up to use the “frictionless sharing” function on the social network, meaning that users only have to give an app permission to share information once. After that, the app updates automatically to a user’s profile, letting their friends know instantly what they may be eating, studying or listening to at any given moment.
So now, as soon as you buy a concert ticket, your Ticketmaster app will let your friends know what you’ve purchased immediately.
I'm so close to deleting my account entirely. It took me a half hour last night to figure out how to get rid of seeing what news articles on WAPO and Yahoo "friends" read and what they ate. [More...]
The worst is that I didn't sign up for any apps, but if a "friend" does, it shows up on my page and I have to block each app individually.
The Government is probably loving it. Why bother with the paperwork of getting a national security letter for a bookstore to see what books someone bought when FB publishes it gratis?
It's creepy to see what people I know are reading when the reason I know is not because they wanted me to know but because they clicked on it while logged onto FB. Moral of the story for now: Never use your FB account to log onto a media site to read an article, comment or buy something unless you want the whole world to know.
I especially feel sorry for those with 5,000 friends. Their timelines will be so clogged it will take them hours to slog through and delete this stuff they never asked to know about in the first place.
If you have a FB account, go in now and check your privacy settings. (Mine have always been set to "available only to me" and I'm still getting all this nonsense.)
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