Has Facebook gone too far this time with this new feature? 37



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Facebook keeps on rolling out new features, but are they always good ones?

Business Insider Australia reports the social media giant launched a new feature called “Nearby Friends” yesterday which shares your location with friends.

The feature uses the geolocation technology in smartphones and sends out occasional notifications to tell them where you are.

The system uses GPS and triangulation between mobile phone towers to obtain your location and then produces a map with all your friends’ locations.

On the plus side it will mean you can catch up with friends when you happen to be in their vicinity. On the downside, it is a loss of privacy because once you opt in it will not switch off automatically, although it does send out regular “pushes” to let you know it is on.

However, you can set your location using a timer that switches off the app after a certain period and you can also restrict it just to certain Facebook friends, which should reduce the chances of it being misused.

Obviously both you and your friends have to have the app switched on for it to work.

To turn Nearby Friends on or off on an iPhone or Android:

1. Tap More


2. Tap Nearby Friends


3. Tap  and then you may be asked to change your location settings to turn on Nearby Friends. Once your location is able to be accessed, you can turn Nearby Friends on.

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4. Tap to turn Nearby Friends on or off

Note: Turning on Nearby Friends also turns on Location History. When Location History is on, Facebook builds a history of your precise location, even if you leave the app.

Me? I’m undecided about it. Do I really want my friends knowing where I am? Um . . . maybe not, but then again it would be nice to catch up for the odd impromptu cuppa with someone. 

What about you? Do you think it is an invasion of privacy will you use the new app? Tell us your opinion.

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  1. I found this yesterday after an update and it was funny! Told me I had 3 friends nearby and said I could message them suggesting we meet for coffee. My friends were my husband and two of my grandsons and we were all sitting in my front room having tea and cake!

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  2. I saw it and went through the steps but declined to take it on board. I don’t need people to know where I am. I will tell them myself if I wish to.

  3. I don’t need people or “friend” whom I do not know. I don’t like them to know where or my whereabouts especially nowadays it’s scary. I want to keep it private. Thanks FB but I don’t appreciate it.

  4. Just had this posted on my timeline ?; As of September 29th 2015, 6.45am Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste.

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