Facebook backtracks on controversial data issues

Data sharing plans "temporarily disabled" by Facebook

Social network site postpones data sharing plans

Facebook has backtracked on a number of controversial data issues, announcing just days after the plans were unveiled that it will no longer make user’s addresses and mobile contact information available to developers.

Having revealed at the weekend that it intended to increase the amount of data developers could access from user’s profiles, a backlash from angered users has forced the social network to reconsider the move announcing the additional features have been “temporarily disabled”.

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Unveiled as an attempt to create “more efficient third-party apps” for Facebook, negative feedback from users concerned about potential damaging affects to their privacy, an area Facebook has repeatedly come under criticism for, forced the world’s largest online gathering to pull the feature with a new, improved version to “be out in a few weeks”.

Speaking on the public outcry Facebook’s Douglas Purdy said in an official blog post: "Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data."

He added: "We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We'll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready."

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Via: TechRadar