Facebook Rolls Out Opt-In Friend Tracker

Social media giant Facebook is rolling out its new EUNearby FriendsEU feature that will tell users how close they are to people on their friends list. This feature, which carries with it a variety of privacy concerns, will not be turned on by default. Unlike other additions to the social network that were turned on upon launch, Nearby Friends is entirely optional.

The feature has been in the works for a while and Facebook executives have been talking about location tracking features for many years. Typically, when Facebook adds a major feature to its site, it is doing so with advertising in mind. With Nearby Friends, the social network has already stated that it will eventually use the information gathered from tracking users to enhance its advertising options.

A Useful Feature

Many of FacebookEUs features are easy to set up, but that is not necessarily the case with Nearby Friends. The new service comes with a wide variety of options, most of which exist to combat privacy concerns, particularly those dealing with other users and not the site itself.

Social networks are already used by malicious individuals who can rely on updates and location information to stalk other people. By adding a real-time location tracker to Facebook, the potential for criminal abuse is even higher. Luckily, users who choose to enable the feature must be at least 18 years old and after it is turned on, they have multiple privacy-centric options at their disposal.

By default, Nearby Friends will only broadcast the general location of a user. Therefore, people will only know what city other people are in as well as how far away they are. Users have the ability to chose who can see their locations as well, by narrowing down their friends list to EUclose friendsEU or even a specific...

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Facebook Rolls Out Opt-In Friend Tracker

Social media giant Facebook is rolling out its new EUNearby FriendsEU feature that will tell users how close they are to people on their friends list. This feature, which carries with it a variety of privacy concerns, will not be turned on by default. Unlike other additions to the social network that were turned on upon launch, Nearby Friends is entirely optional.

The feature has been in the works for a while and Facebook executives have been talking about location tracking features for many years. Typically, when Facebook adds a major feature to its site, it is doing so with advertising in mind. With Nearby Friends, the social network has already stated that it will eventually use the information gathered from tracking users to enhance its advertising options.

A Useful Feature

Many of FacebookEUs features are easy to set up, but that is not necessarily the case with Nearby Friends. The new service comes with a wide variety of options, most of which exist to combat privacy concerns, particularly those dealing with other users and not the site itself.

Social networks are already used by malicious individuals who can rely on updates and location information to stalk other people. By adding a real-time location tracker to Facebook, the potential for criminal abuse is even higher. Luckily, users who choose to enable the feature must be at least 18 years old and after it is turned on, they have multiple privacy-centric options at their disposal.

By default, Nearby Friends will only broadcast the general location of a user. Therefore, people will only know what city other people are in as well as how far away they are. Users have the ability to chose who can see their locations as well, by narrowing down their friends list to EUclose friendsEU or even a specific...

Comments are closed.