Recently, I started seeing facebook posts that look like ‘spam posts’ such as ‘this person read an article’ or ‘that person watched a video’ etc.
Even if you report them as spam to facebook, you would still see them in your news feed, because facebook thinks they are legitimate.
so what is going on? Why does FB think it is not spam? how will you protect your own Privacy? Read on to find out…
You read an article in the ‘Yahoo! app for facebook‘ or ‘The Guardian app for facebook’ etc, Or you watch a video from the ‘Dailymotion App for Facebook’.
The App ‘automatically‘ posts to all your facebook friends – that you read that article or watched that video.
If you really think about it, it should never be happening this way. The App should not be posting to facebook on your behalf. You should be the person to decide what things are shared on your facebook wall. This is really an intrusion of your privacy.
Facebook’s take on the problem:
Anytime you allow an App to access your facebook wall, FB asks you if you want that application to
- Access your Personal Information
- Access posts in your news feed
- Post to your wall on your behalf
And since these Apps have your permission to post to your wall on your behalf, FB thinks these are valid posts from you.
What is the solution to this problem?
- Login to your facebook.
- Click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of any page.
- Select Privacy Settings
- Scroll down to Apps and Websites and click Edit Settings
- Find that annoying App and click on ‘Edit’
- You would see something like this.
- From here, either you can completely ‘remove the app’ from accessing your facebook account, or you can disallow the app from ‘posting on your behalf’
Please revisit all your apps and make sure they can not post on their own. Also, whenever you are approving any new facebook app, please make sure you give the right permissions to the app.
Hope I have helped one of my facebook friends, and in turn saved myself from seeing these annoying posts on my facebook news feed.