Facebook Enables 'Photo Sync' for All iOS Users

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook is rolling out its new Photo Sync feature to its iOS users that automatically uploads all photos taken on the iPhone to a private photo album on Facebook. The idea is to make it easier and faster for users to share photos with their friends.

    Facebook's support site has much more about Photo Sync. Facebook is using background uploads within the Facebook iOS app to move the photos, not anything special with location APIs or Apple's iOS 6 Facebook integration.

    The app is very clear that all photos uploaded automatically are marked as private and cannot be viewed by others until specifically shared by the user. Users get 2 GB of complimentary photo storage.

    Article Link: Facebook Enables 'Photo Sync' for All iOS Users
  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    Wow, no. For people who are 100% confident that they will never have an embarrassing photo of themselves or any of their friends on their phone, this sounds like a great option.

    I am not one of those people.

    (Yes, I know Facebook says all the photos will be private. Facebook says lots of things about privacy.)
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
  4. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I could see this going very wrong. Good thing it's a private album.
  5. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2009
  6. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Cue the all the "Oh no the sky is falling, facebook is evil, and who would ever want that?!" comments...
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2012
  8. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    Now we wait to see someone's nudes appear on fb...
  9. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    Fixed that for you, macrumors bot. :D
  10. macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    The average user will see this as a huge convenience; especially the people who just upload everything to the internet anyways
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
  12. macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2012
    The average user is also highly susceptible to email requests from Elbonian bureaucrats looking for people to help transfer funds, as well... ;-)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007
    didn't google do this recently with G+ by just autosharing all mobile photos to G+ until people flipped out about it?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    when the message showed up on the iPhone App i clicked on it then it started uploading all my photos on my iPhone! i almost **** my pants!

    Facebook you are rubbish!

    they should have a Yes or No option before pix start uploading to your profile.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Yes the Google+ app will automatically upload all your pictures unless you tell it not to.

    Facebook and Google both make their money by having as much information about you as possible. The more they get, the more they can sell it and make. It also ties you to them so they don't lose you as a revenue stream. If all your information is on their site, it makes it a big pain to take it all and move it elsewhere so most people won't bother and will just stay.
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    The money quote is that the first 2GB of photo storage is complementary. Then what happens?
  17. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2012
    Banff, AB
    Pointless and may end up being very harmfull. No thanks.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    I agree, actually I was one of the 'lucky' ones and have been uploading for the week now, it really is convenient to have them all upload. Just wish their was an option on the sidebar for quicker/easier access. And it'd be nice to be able to rotate the pictures!

    I don't think I'll use it for long, but could see me setting this up for my mom, she almost lives on Facebook and always complains she doesn't understand how to get photos from her iPhone to her MacBook, this would be great for her.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    Google+ has had this feature for quite awhile now. All pictures are uploaded to a private album. Way to be a follower, facebook.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    I sure as heck didn't enable this and I can't think of any possible scenario where I would.

    I guess Facebook built this feature for the person who doesn't trust Apple enough to enable Photo Stream; but yet they trust Facebook enough to share every single picture they have on their phones with them? :confused:
  21. autrefois, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    *EDIT: According to avanpelt's post and other reports, it appears to be opt-in. Thank you for the clarification. Although I still stand by my arguments against it ever being opt-out, this is not the case currently. I had read that Google+ was not and Facebook's description of the feature doesn't make this clear. It's apparently opt-in though; that's the way it should be, and let's hope it stays that way.

    *How can it possibly be legal for an application to upload all your photos without your permission?

    One day, the application doesn't upload all your photos. The next day, it does. When you download updates, there is not a new TOS you have to sign granting it permission to do so. Even if there is some legalese buried in the original TOS that allows them to do this in future, any change that so egregiously infringes on consumer privacy should at the very least be required to be opt-in.

    If you like the idea and think it's an exciting new addition, fine -- there can be an option click to allow Facebook to upload all your photos. This should not be the default; they do not own my phone or my photos.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    I believe you do explicitly have to give permission. When I launched the Facebook app earlier today, it prompted me to either "Try it" or "Cancel" the new syncing feature. I opted to cancel.

    When I go to my profile in the Facebook app and tap Photos, there is now a third tab at the bottom, "Synced". I have to explicitly click the "Sync Photos" button under that tab before the feature is enabled. I suspect you're able to revoke the syncing at any time, but I'm sure Facebook will keep multiple copies of any photo that's previously been uploaded to their servers.
  23. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    When you clicked on the message you were opting in. My stance is always opt out/turn down anything offered by Facebook. You can always enable it later. :cool:
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
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    Mar 26, 2008

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