Ever since shortly after Facebook launched its check-in feature, Facebook Places, last month, the site has been plagued by a rumour that if users log-in to Facebook from their mobile phone, other users will be able to track their exact location at all times.
This rumour is false. Let us count the ways:
- Facebook Places only announces your location to anybody if you open up the Facebook app or Web site on your mobile phone and click the “check-in” button.
- As far as who can see your location, that’s easily adjusted in your privacy settings.
- Finally, Facebook does allow your friends to check you in from a location, but only if you give them permission to.
Don’t fall for the scam, yourself. Here’s what the message user keep passing around looks like:
**ACTION IMMEDIATELY** – Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday. Anyone can find out where you are when you are logged in. gives the actual address & map location of where you are as you use Facebook. Make sure your kids know. TO UNDO: go to”Account”, “Account Settings”, … See More.”Notifications”,…then scroll down to “Places” and uncheck the 2 boxes. Make sure to SAVE changes and re-post this!
Besides all the lies about what Facebook places does and does not do, this message also passes on incorrect information for how to turn Facebook Places off.
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