Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) is testing a new tool for its mobile app that makes it easier to search for photos, posts, and like that are currently hard to find, but from some of the reporting you would think that Facebook has made another drastic change to its privacy policies (But it hasn’t).
But privacy settings are intact, and the reactive anger shows how little faith users have in Facebook. The new feature, which is being tested by a small number of mobile users, is basically graph search optimized for mobile. You can use it to look for all the photos that one of your friends is tagged in, or all of the posts that someone else has liked, and so forth.
Graph search was always a bit creepy, but this doesn’t extend its functionality, it just brings Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ FB) brand of light cyberstalking to the mobile world. All your privacy settings are still intact so if you only share photos with certain friends, they aren’t showing up in search results and your deleted photos and posts are still hidden (from users, Facebook still uses them to target ads).
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If you’ve decided that the data mining and letting people creep your profile is worth the benefits of using Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB), there’s no reason this should change your assessment. But it’s telling that the new feature is being framed as dredging up embarrassing photos and further encroaching on your privacy.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) has invaded people’s privacy so aggressively that even when it makes a sideways change like this that doesn’t really change anything, it’s easy to get users angry again. Of course, that doesn’t mean anyone will actually leave the site.
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A similar story came out earlier this year when it turned out that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) could listen for ambient sounds through your smartphone mic while you were using its app to figure out what movie you’re watching or song you’re listening to.
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