June 13, 2015
Facebook has always been surrounded in controversies when it comes to user data. The social network has a number of apps and, previously, there was no definite way for users to keep tabs on what information they were sharing with the social network. But, recently, the company has indicated that it will be giving away more control to its users in how they want to share their info with others – some great news considering wide American distrust in social media privacy.
Facebook will be launching a new version that will allow you to “edit the info you provide.” Using this option you will be able to determine what information Facebook has access to. Through this update, you users can also decide who would be able to view the content shared through the app.
Facebook could be seen as a late entrant in this segment as Netflix and Pinterest have already been offering this level of control to their users. The social network will be bringing this control for all the apps that provide access through a Facebook login.
It is reported to be also working on some modifications to its SDK. In the future, developers will have to seek user permission to be able to view their friends using any specific app. However, they will not be able to get detailed info about those friends, such as their photos, birthdays and the posts they liked.
Mark Zuckerberg will be adding a new review team to his workforce that will review all apps that seek access anything beyond a user’s public profile and list of friends.
Reportedly, Facebook will revoke the data access capabilities of all apps it finds requiring unnecessary information from Facebook users. The changes are expected to improve the social site’s image; however, the major social site still has a ways to go when it comes to increasing transparency with the data it collects from users. And, with Facebook holding one of the largest user data repositories in the world, a move towards greater transparency would mark a significant moment.
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