Facebook Launching News Feed Tool to Let Users Quickly Revoke Permissions From Apps

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by MacRumors, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this afternoon addressed the ongoing Cambridge Analytica situation, in which Cambridge Analytica used personal data acquired from Facebook in an illicit manner by a third-party app to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 election.

    Zuckerberg outlined a multi-step response that Facebook plans to take to prevent this situation from recurring, and one feature Facebook will add is a new tool at the top of the News Feed which will let people see which apps they've used.

    Any app used on the Facebook platform has access to a user's personal data, so the Facebook tool will let people see which apps have their info and it will offer up an easy way to revoke permissions.

    This tool is already available through Facebook's privacy settings, but the company plans to make it more accessible to all users.

    Back in 2014, Facebook implemented changes to reduce the amount of data apps had access to (the CA data was pre-2014), and Facebook says it will now investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the platform change.
    Zuckerberg also says Facebook plans to remove developers' access to data if an app hasn't been used in three months, and the amount of data provided to an app when a user signs in will be further restricted to name, profile photo, and email address. Access to posts or other private data will require users to explicitly approve the action.

    The Cambridge Analytica scandal has resulted in a massive "Delete Facebook" movement from users concerned over the data Facebook collects and how it's used, and Facebook stock has sharply declined this week.

    Facebook users who are not satisfied with Zuckerberg's response can permanently delete a Facebook account by clicking this link. Before doing so, it's recommended Facebook users download an archive of their content so no photos are lost.

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    Article Link: Facebook Launching News Feed Tool to Let Users Quickly Revoke Permissions From Apps
  2. Solomani, Mar 21, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018

    Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Google is next (for a much-deserved backlash) with their predatory information-gathering information-snooping culture.
  3. Dominicanyor macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2012
    Stop talking about it and take care of it.
  4. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    This is how Facebook makes money. People shouldn’t be surprised that they don’t care about your privacy.
  5. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    While I've made it clear that I'm not a fan of FB, what boggles my mind is that people still continue to use it. Why?
  6. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    Mark could at least change his profile pic if he really wants me to read his post in a serious manner.
  7. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    If you’re not paying for a product, you ARE the product..
  8. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    If you are shocked that your Facebook data has been used for something other than connecting you with friends, then you are part of the problem. I'm genuinely shocked by the outrage. When I read the news my initial reaction was, "par for the course."
  9. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Trying to revive a sinking ship

    I love it I want Facebook to be MySpace relevant. Society will be better off

    You know this, Weinstein/Hollywood and all other sorts of revelations, including many that likely have yet to come to light, wouldn’t have occurred if we had the opposite candidate as Pres
  10. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    social media is one hell of a drug
  11. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    It’s a little too late the damage is already done
  12. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
  13. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    This is why I have never and will never use Facebook.
  14. BWhaler, Mar 21, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2018

    BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Here’s the thing. The greatest trick Facebook ever pulled was framing privacy as controlling your info against third parties, not Facebook itself.

    It’s some kaiser souse level stuff. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing you he didn’t exist. The greatest trick Facebook ever pulled was convincing you privacy was not sharing with other people.
  15. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Nice talk but it doesn't change the fact that changing privacy setting is extremely complicated. That complexity makes Facebook is a very opaque platform for average user. It's difficult to know what will be visible and shared. The safest thing to do is use Facebook in extreme moderation and lock down setting as much as possible (and best you can understand).
  16. philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    I deleted my account yesterday. It was a bit hard to do as I will miss seeing friends who live at a distance. However, I was tired of my privacy being sold. Someone has already stated, if you were not paying for the product you are the product.
  17. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    facebook is a marketing company and these controls are illusions. Smoke and mirrors from the Great Zuck.
  18. fairuz, Mar 21, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    This feature has nothing to do with how the analytics firm got the private user data. Nobody signed up for an app for that. If you used Facebook AT ALL, your data was up for sale/free to those guys, thanks to their privacy policy:
    ^ I don't want to hear anything about problems being fixed until this paragraph is removed from the policy.
    These are welcome changes, especially the second one, but I still haven't seen him address the actual issue with their privacy policy that was exploited, so these are only smokescreens IMO.
  19. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I do not have a Facebook account anymore. Several years ago when Facebook showed its true colors, I ditched it and erased by account and history. Even when i had it, I barely used it. I would like to see Facebook die a quick and painful death.

    People are selling the digital souls and privacy away to Facebook and millions are cluelessly happy in doing so.
  20. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Deleted my FB account, the content on there has been garbage since they started prioritizing videos over relevant content.
  21. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I wonder if deleting your account actually does anything tho

    mine has been inactive for over a year, would delete, but it feels like it wouldn't make any difference?
  22. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    Form data on every form that uses reCaptcha!
  23. pratikindia macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2014
    If you grant permission to an app to access your data and if you revoke the permission later, then also the data is retained with the app developer. It's not deleted automatically. Anyway, I have deleted my Facebook account long ago.
  24. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    What boggles my mind is that half the world is mad at Facebook, but they are using Instagram..

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