Facebook Hoax: Graphic App Privacy Setting

Date: July 20, 2013 9:07 PM - Views: 13,997 - Comment Comments: 2
Facebook Hoax: Graphic App Privacy Setting

If the Facebook post below: "Facebook has changed their privacy settings once more! Due to the new 'graphic app / graph app'", is posted on your Facebook Wall or Timeline, please delete it because it is a hoax. The post is misleading and if you follow the instructions in it, you may prevent your friends from seeing what you have posted or it may prevent you from seeing what your friends have posted.

Here is a copy of the hoax:

---Hello to all of you who are on my list of contacts of Facebook.

I would like to ask a favor of you…. You may not know that Facebook has changed its privacy configuration once again. Thanks to the new “Graphic app”, any person in Facebook anywhere in the world can see our photos, our “likes” and our “comments”. During the next two weeks, I am going to keep this message posted and I ask you to do the following and comment “DONE”.

Those of my friends who do not maintain my information in private will be eliminated from my list of friends, because I want the information I share with you, my friends, to remain among my friends and not be available to the whole world.

I want to be able to publish photos of my friends and family without strangers being able to see them which is what happens now when you choose “like” or “comment”.

Unfortunately we cannot change this configuration because Facebook has made it like this. So, please, place your cursor over my photo that appears in this box (without clicking) and a window will open. Now move the cursor to the word “Friends”, again without clicking and then on “Settings”.

Uncheck “Life Events” and “Comments and Like”. This way my activity with my family and friends will no longer be made public. Now, copy and paste this text on your own wall (do not “share” it!). Once I see it published on your page, I will un-check the same for you---

Facebook has not changed it privacy settings recently and the "Graphic app" that the post is referring to, doesn't exist.

I think what this hoax is referring to is the new Facebook search called "Graph Search". The new Facebook Graph Search does not allow anyone that you are not friends with, to search for your photos, comments and other things that you have posted on Facebook, unless you have made these things public. Making something “Public” means it will be accessible to everyone.

In other words, the Graph Search results are different for everyone, based on what you’ve shared with them. Your privacy choices determine what your friends see when they search.

Graph Search results are personalized for you, just like News Feed is unique to you.

For example:

If you search for "Photos of Tokyo", you'll see photos your friends took in Tokyo and shared with you, as well as Public photos related to Tokyo.

This means if two people search for: "Photos of my friends in Tokyo", they’re going to see different results.

Here is what happens when you share something on Facebook with the following privacy settings:

  • Only Me = no one else can find it in search
  • Friends = friends will see it in their search results
  • Public = anyone who searches for it can find it

For information about how to manage or control what you share on Facebook, please click here.

For more information about Graph Search, please click here.

Please help stop the spread of this hoax by deleting it, marking it as spam, not commenting on it, not 'liking' it or not sharing it on Facebook or other social networking websites.

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  • Anonymous: Oct 17, 2013 from: Austria

    This is a great information indeed. Here is also a link from Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=608905772463944 ~


  • Anonymous: Oct 12, 2013 from: Seattle, Washington, United States

    If this is a hoax, then why when I use the "Home" link which shows all comments, pictures, likes, comments mixed together arranged most recent at the top, now show comments from people I don't have in my friends list? This was never the case before this "graph app" came out.

    All these "Hoax" buster sites are actually hoaxes. I guess you never heard of the six degrees of separation, which in a social website designed like this in effect does open up everything you like or comment on to the 6 degrees even though I have my "profile security" set to friends only.

    6 degrees of separation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation

    You can google "Facebook graph app" and there are tons sites that say this isnt' the case. It does not open up to the public, but it opens it up to anyone friends of your friends. The quick way to see if this is true is on the "Home" page of FB, where you see all the "comments" and "likes", you'll now see comments or get comments on your stuff from people NOT in your friends list, but in the friends list of someone far removed. I see it all the time now. So any article saying this is not true is full of crap. Ever heard of the 6 degrees of separation? It applies directly here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation

    Let's say that one of your friends friends is very liberal with who they let in their facebook page, or even open their page completely. Someone who steels identity etc., now is much closer to you than before. You have no way of knowing who is viewing what that you post in FB, that is a fact. So if you follow those instructions, you can help secure this a bit more, but over all, it won't do much. Facebook needs to amend this back to the way it was. ~


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