Privacy Controls for Facebook Apps
Article by George Norman
On 23 Feb 2010
With more than 400 million people using the social networking site on their desktop computers and more than 100 million using it on their mobile devices, I’m sure you are familiar with Facebook. And as a Facebook user, I am sure you are familiar with Facebook applications.

With Facebook you can share information with the people you know (friends, family, colleagues) and with the general public (if you publicly share content). The option is always up to you – you get to control what information you share by using Facebook’s privacy controls. The downside is that you cannot control what you share via applications – until now. Facebook has announced that some of the privacy controls you use to specify who can view the content you share on Facebook have become available for applications.


“Last December, we launched a control that many of you had requested for some time—the ability to customize privacy for each piece of content you share on through the Publisher, including status updates, links, photos and videos. [Now], we are responding to your continued feedback by extending that same level of control to content shared through applications,” commented Engineer on the Facebook Platform team, Ray He.

You can now specify who can see the content you share through applications. From the bottom right hand corner of the screen, click the lock icon. Then, from the dropdown menu that appears, select who you would like to share content with. Your options are: everyone, friends and networks, friends of friends, only friends, and custom. The latter allows you to individually customize who you’re sharing with.

“These new controls give you the power to determine who sees the content you post to Facebook through any third-party application, whether it is on, your desktop, mobile phone, or from a Facebook Connect website or service,” added Ray He.

Tags: Facebook, Applications, Privacy
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