New Updates on Facebook’s User Privacy Controversy

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Recently, Facebook ran into some issues regarding its user privacy settings. As we mentioned in a previous post, Facebook users made a stink when Facebook’s new messenger app asked its users for permission to access various mobile device features (contacts, calendar, location, microphone, etc). Users felt as if the social media giant was asking to divulge more personal information than necessary—putting the social media giant in a tough spot, as it opened up the possibility of users leaving the platform for good. Fortunately though, most of the rumors were dispelled and a lot of the backlash subsided.

Being on the cautious side however, Facebook recently published a blog, detailing all the new updates to the Facebook app (messenger and platform) that would coincide with the launch of the Apple’s iOS 8. One of the updates specifically deals with the users privacy settings. Here is what they had to say:

“Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from devices, but Apple has updated its Location Services setting.”

Rather, as the blog notes, iOS 8 now gives you a choice of three different kinds of permission: Always, While Using the App, or Never, as opposed to the previous two choices of On or Off. So for those users who previously set their permission to “On”, the new update will now have that permission set to “Always”. But as Facebook points out, the user will still have full control over your location information. Facebook will not receive any of your information unless you enable location services or use the “Nearby Friends” option, which can pull up your information (if you allow it) even when Facebook isn’t being directly used.

Facebook’s Private Sharing App

Rumors are also floating around that Facebook plans to launch a new app designed to encourage private content sharing. The app, currently called “Moments”, will allow users to send private content to friends and family. Many speculate Facebook’s new app as an attempt to woo back users who have been put off by the social media giant’s ever-changing privacy settings.

So, What’s the Take Away?

While we won’t speculate on the outcome of this new “app”, we will say that Facebook’s recent post on the iOS 8 launch, and what it means for the application, is a good indication that they are at least trying to appease users who are currently frustrated with them. Whether or not it pays off, we’ll just have to wait and see— but as we like to point out, it’s always good to be in the know of what’s going on with our favorite recruiting tools.

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