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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Here is how to disable it: How To Disable Facebook Places

I've been seeing this for about a week now and some of my friends use it. In the thread above I show what it looks like for some to see it.

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Thanks for the simple and to the point instructions!!

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Okay. I have been seeing things like this on my news feed and it's starting to really irritate me. Why? Because if people would just do a few minutes of research on Google, they would know that they are in NO danger! You don't need to warn your kids. You don't need to copy and repost that warning!

Here is some info I am going to cut and paste from Hoax-Slayer:

Doing these steps will turn off email notices about this app, but it will not turn off the app.

On the "notifications" page you are making choices about the topics you want to be informed about. Unchecking those two named topics would let you less informed than with the checks. It's a hoax. :-) So don't worry, and please do not copy and paste to alllllllllll your friends pages. :-)
You have to actually 'check-in' (usually with your mobile phone) for the above actions to occur. Checking in is completely optional. Look under checking in... Link

THIS ONLY APPLIES IF YOU ARE ACCESSING WITH A MOBILE DEVICE. SEE HERE....

Also when you go uncheck the boxes as this tells you to, all you are doing is unchecking the email box. So it won't email you notifications when your friends use this feature. It's not turning anything off but the "email" feature for you.

Here is what I have recently posted on my own Facebook profile:

Facebook's new feature "Places" is nothing new, nor is it anything to be scared over. People can NOT just look up your location to then find you and murder you. You have to OPT-IN and then you choose who can see the information. (I posted this Aug 23rd but have just seen several messages on my news feed again so I thought I would repost!)

I have seen a few posts on my news feed walking you through 'unchecking the two boxes in your notification settings'. Just because it is checked to notify you, doesn't mean that you have the application and the notification would be to you and not to anyone else anyway. If this was an opt-OUT type thing, the place you would need to go is not notifications, but rather application settings (which until you opt-IN, you won't see the application listed). Besides, this really isn't anything new, as people have been using Foursquare for awhile now and this is basically just like that.
Personally, this is just another one of those posts I see on my news feed telling me to block a group or person and to copy and post the info. 99% of them are hoaxes anyway and only meant to get people riled up. I personally think the people at MySpace are behind all of this stuff

CNN Story

FOX Story

And MSNBC Story

Either way...it could be a useful tool and it's nothing as scary as many people are being led to believe by the latest rash of status updates. You have to opt-in, you choose who can see your location, at each location you have the option of checking in (or NOT), and it's for mobile Facebook users so the people using laptops or desktops aren't included. Yes, privacy has been an issue with Facebook, but again, you have to opt-in to this service. So until you add the application, your account will NOT be linked to 'Places' and you have nothing to worry about. Just because it's listed in Notifications does NOT mean that your account has 'Places' installed. Please...let your friends know if they post something. Bookmark one of the links. Tell them to Google it and get the facts, but help stop this before it gets out of hand!

So, yes, Places can zero in on an exact location. But:

  • #1: You have to OPT IN.
  • #2: You have to have an iPhone
  • #3: When you DO have "Places" you have the option of checking in when you get to a location (it doesn't just automatically post everywhere you go!) or you can choose to NOT check in.
  • #4: When you DO have "Places" you have the option of picking who can see your location! Each time! Having lunch with Tom? Then Tom can see. Having tea with Pam? Then Tom doesn't need to see, which is why you would choose Pam. See where I am going with this?

I'm sorry if I seem 'moody', but I am irritated at the fact people are CHOOSING to spread misinformation because they couldn't be bothered by doing a bit of research. It's not hard. Go to Google and search! 99% of the time, if something shows up on your news feed on Facebook that suggests that you should copy and post to share with all of your friends...it is a HOAX or misinformation! This could be cured if people weren't so gullible! I can appreciate that everyone that posts this stuff is probably just trying to look out for their friends, but come on! Be responsible! I personally have my own rule for Facebook...I will NOT repost ANYTHING unless I can verify that it's true. I refuse to pass along a hoax or misinformation because THAT is what looking out for my friends really is.

So, go on, warn your children...but chances are, they have already heard that this app is not as spooky scary as everyone is letting on.

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Anonymous might want to check this out

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Yes you do have to opt in to it HOWEVER I think where the privacy issues are is that a friend can check you in

Associated Press wrote:

SETTINGS: You can adjust the privacy settings of Places through Facebook's regular privacy page. And remember that Facebook won't track where you are unless you actively "check in" to a place or have a friend do it for you.

you can read that here

I may not play but I certainly don't want my friends to check me in either. I see across my new feed people checking their friends in. I opted out so that they can't go checking me in. For some it might be fine but for others like myself I just want to make sure I have taken the steps that need to be taken so I'm not tagged by a friend.

Here is a example of what it looks like when a friend tags you

I could point also to numerous news stories on it but I will only point to one that goes into details and that is by EFF: CLICKY (EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.)
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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Laughing total FAIL......

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

ROFL And it looks like it might be a girl too. That's arguably worse. Girls can be deadly to each other with that kind of ammo.

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Re: Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday (8/26)

Oh I agree. I hope her bf saw that one Laughing

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