Four changes one needs to know about
Facebook has finally caved to public pressure and agreed to improve its privacy settings, but the tighter security for its traditional features also comes with a new potential concern.
From more safety prompts and user-friendly interfaces, to some big changes for its mobile app, here’s CTV New’ facts you need to know about the changing face of Facebook.
Privacy checkup: What says “privacy” better than a blue dinosaur?
In an effort to address privacy concerns, Facebook introduced a “privacy dinosaur” popup in April to remind users when they’re making a public post. That popup has since been expanded to include a privacy checkup tool, so long-time users can review their sharing settings.
Anonymous login: Are you tired of apps demanding your Facebook information at the login screen? Do you hate it when Candy Crush Saga posts to your wall? On April 30, Facebook rolled out its anonymous login functionality, so users can now connect their Facebook-enabled apps without surrendering their personal information. Now you can play Candy Crush Saga without the game posting updates to your Facebook wall.
Newcomer-friendly: The Facebook interface is pretty busy-looking, and for first-time users, all those settings can be intimidating. It used to be that, if newcomers didn’t change their privacy settings immediately, their posts would be displayed to the public.
Microphone: Buried under all those privacy upgrade announcements is a new potential concern, as Facebook can now listen to what’s happening around you. The mobile app will soon be able to activate your smartphone microphone so it can hear your environment and determine what you’re doing – if you have the optional feature turned on.
Whether you’re listening to Justin Bieber in the car or watching True Detective on the couch at home, the Shazam-like feature will detect what you’re doing, in hopes that you’ll share those details with your Facebook friends. Facebook is billing the new feature as a way to “share and discover music, TV and movies” without having to type it all out.
And while Facebook says it doesn’t store the actual sound, a spokesperson for the company recently told the International Business Times that the audio data will be collected and aggregated.
That means that while Facebook can’t hear you, it will have records of what you like doing.