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About the Tools You Use and the Toys That Make Life Interesting

Tools Toys and Technology - About the Tools You Use and the Toys That Make Life Interesting

Facebook Privacy … YIKES!

I’m not one of these social network crazies that posts everything I do and everywhere I go on Facebook. But I do have an account to keep track of friends and family, and I do contribute some stuff now and then.

I’ve learned a couple of lessons (obvious lessons, I suppose) about what to post and what not. First, I no longer post personal comments or links to political or controversial news. It’s hard NOT to blow off some steam now and then about the state of the world. But I do have friends of all persuasions. I respect my friends’ rights to their opinions, even if I don’t agree with those opinions. I decided awhile back that potentially offending these online friends by posting my sentiments is just not worth it. I mean, whose mind am I going to change with an ardent Facebook post anyhow?

That’s the background; Here’s the lesson.

Today I clicked a video that somebody else posted. It turned out to be an emotionally charged, political opinion on Youtube. Okay. No problem. I watched it. Then went on to something else.

Then the next day I got a comment from one of my FB friends about that video. Keep in mind, I didn’t post it. I just watched it from somebody else’s post. I checked my time line, and sure enough, it said I “just watched the following video” with a link.

Upon further inspection, I found that a third party app had been authorized in my privacy settings with the authority to make automatic posts to my timeline. This is what Facebook calls “frictionless sharing.” I call it an absolute violation of my online privacy.

I immediately unauthorized the offending app (which I never authorized in the first place), and I learned a lesson. Don’t even click on links to controversial content if you don’t want all your friends to know about it.

I used to teach a Facebook class for the SaddleBrooke Computer Club. I stopped because of concerns I had about their deteriorating privacy policies. I was definitely right to stop leading others into the Facebook “tell all” world.