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Location Tracking: 6 Social App Settings To Check
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vnewman2
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8/26/2014 | 8:36:43 PM
Re: Facebook the invader
I clicked on Facebooks Find Friends option for the heck of it - just to see how up front it was going to be with how it works.  One thing I noticed immediately - once I decided I didn't want to go any further it made it pretty much impossible to get out of it.  I could see where some people would think they would have no other choice but to opt in once they are in there.  Totally sketch.
PedroGonzales
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8/26/2014 | 8:00:42 PM
Re: Facebook the invader
I agree that Facebook is the most invader of all.  I guess that using all these social media apps comes at a huge price, ones privacy.  The price is giving up your privacy to not just the company, but to third parties.  I really think there should be some government regulation which forces social media companies to at least have the default setting of opt out or have a huge message saying to user that their location is being sold to third parties. 
Kristin Burnham
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8/26/2014 | 4:41:03 PM
Re: Facebook the invader
I wasn't as surprised by Facebook as I was by Foursquare/Swarm. The Foursquare/Swarm location tracking is a sneaky change since it never opted you in automatically before the app redesigns. 
SachinEE
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8/26/2014 | 2:58:30 PM
Facebook the invader
Of all the social networking sites, I think facebook is the most agressive and invasive. Not only does it collect data (by default settings) from users, it also makes apps take advantage of such data to give us statistics about something. Facebook apps are the most disturbing. While in the name of being fun (e.g. some apps display the number of beers you can drink before collapsing) these apps collect data and only God knows what it does with them.
SachinEE
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8/26/2014 | 2:53:18 PM
Re: Facebook
The facebook app seems to make enough location data even with preferences set to minimum. It displays the location of the user correct to 5 kilometres in chatboxes. 
Kristin Burnham
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8/26/2014 | 12:08:03 PM
Re: Facebook
If you have location services turned on, your Facebook app will attach a city/state to your update, too, unless you delete it before you post something. The same is true when you use Facebook from a desktop. Facebook won't map your exact location in either of these instances, but it's still something to be wary of.
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Laurianne,
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8/26/2014 | 11:47:58 AM
Facebook
Facebook Messenger opt-out location tracking for chat: Bad call. One more reason I won't choose to download the new Messenger app.
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