In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, people are now wanting to know how to better protect their Facebook data from being viewed and used by other apps. If you are one of those people we have the answers you seek.
As you are probably aware, British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was able to access the Facebook data of more than 50 million users of the social media platform without the knowledge or consent of the users by utilizing a third-party personality quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife.”
Unfortunately, “thisisyourdigitallife” is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to apps that can view and collect users’ Facebook data. How many times have you used an app and rather than creating a new account just clicked the “log in using Facebook” button? If you’re like most people, it’s a lot, and there’s a good chance that whoever runs that app has access to more of your Facebook data than you may realize.
According to Facebook, each app that you log into will get your gender, networks you belong to, username, your user ID, your full name and your profile picture. They also get access to your full friends list and any other public information on your profile.
So how can one see which apps have access to your Facebook data and stop them from doing so? This is how…
• On desktop or in the mobile app, tap the drop-down menu on the top-right side of Facebook and select “Settings.”
• Select the “Apps” option. This is on the left side of the page on desktop. On mobile, simply scroll down the settings page.
Then you can either delete the app by clicking the “X” button and selecting the “remove” option or you can hover your mouse over the app, select the “edit” button, then uncheck the options that let the app view your personal data.
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