Facebook auto-sharing gone wrong, and how to fix it

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facebookEditor’s note:  it turns out that the image below is a fake–there’s no porn app that’s integrated with Facebook’s frictionless sharing.  We had no idea.  Regardless, it’s an example of the type of thing that can happen with oversharing, and our instructions for changing your privacy settings to avoid it still hold true.

We love reddit for letting us find things like this.  And this, ladies & gentlemen, is reason number 380988390281 why YOU need to be in control of what you share, not Facebook:

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Via scotthowardADTR on reddit.

Instructions for turning off frictionless sharing in Facebook

Save yourself some embarrassment–and spare your friends a barrage of oversharing–by changing your Facebook privacy settings.  When you’re logged in to Facebook:

1.  Select “Privacy Settings” from the drop-down arrow on the top right of your screen.

2.  Next to “Apps and Websites,” click the “Edit Settings” link.

3.  Next to “Apps you use,” click the “Edit Settings” button.

4.  The “App Settings” page will show you all the apps you’ve granted access to your account.  It’s a good idea to delete the ones you don’t use or don’t trust.

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5.  Click “Edit” to change privacy settings for each individual app.

6.  Next to “This app can,” remove all non-required app access by clicking the “Remove” link.  See the image below:

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7.  Change “App activity privacy” to either “Friends” or “Custom–>Only Me.”  See below:

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8.  When you’re done, hit the “Close” button.

Do you have any oversharing horror stories of your own?  Post them in the comments below!

10 Replies to “Facebook auto-sharing gone wrong, and how to fix it”

  1. […] Editor’s note: it turns out that the image below is a fake–there’s no porn app that’s integrated with Facebook’s frictionless sharing. We had no idea. Regardless, it’s an example of the type of thing that can happen with oversharing, and our instructions for changing your privacy settings to avoid it still hold true. We love reddit for letting us find things like this. And this, ladies & gentlemen, is reason number 380988390281 why YOU need to be in control of what you share, not Facebook: Facebook auto-sharing gone wrong, and how to fix it […]

  2. Ravaella says:

    Smart stuff. This made me go and review/change my account’s privacy settings. I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

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  4. Zubair armani pti says:

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  5. Shahsawar armani says:

    https://m.facebook.com/v1.0/dialog/oauth?redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fconnect%2Flogin_success.html&scope=ads_management%2Ccreate_event%2Ccreate_note%2Cexport_stream%2Cfriends_about_me%2Cfriends_activities%2Cfriends_birthday%2Cfriends_checkins%2Cfriends_education_history%2Cfriends_events%2Cfriends_games_activity%2Cfriends_groups%2Cfriends_hometown%2Cfriends_interests%2Cfriends_likes%2Cfriends_location%2Cfriends_notes%2Cfriends_online_presence%2Cfriends_photo_video_tags%2Cfriends_photos%2Cfriends_questions%2Cfriends_relationship_details%2Cfriends_relationships%2Cfriends_religion_politics%2Cfriends_status%2Cfriends_subscriptions%2Cfriends_videos%2Cfriends_website%2Cfriends_work_history%2Cmanage_friendlists%2Cmanage_notifications%2Cmanage_pages%2Cphoto_upload%2Cpublish_actions%2Cpublish_checkins%2Cpublish_stream%2Cread_friendlists%2Cread_insights%2Cread_requests%2Cread_stream%2Crsvp_event%2Cshare_item%2Csms%2Cstatus_update%2Cuser_about_me%2Cuser_activities%2Cuser_birthday%2Cuser_education_history%2Cuser_events%2Cuser_games_activity%2Cuser_groups%2Cuser_hometown%2Cuser_interests%2Cuser_likes%2Cuser_location%2Cuser_notes%2Cuser_online_presence%2Cuser_photo_video_tags%2Cuser_photos%2Cuser_questions%2Cuser_relationship_details%2Cuser_relationships%2Cuser_religion_politics%2Cuser_status%2Cuser_subscriptions%2Cuser_videos%2Cuser_website%2Cuser_work_history%2Cvideo_upload%2Cxmpp_login%2Coffline_access&response_type=token&sso_key=com&client_id=165907476854626

  6. sarah says:

    Someone posted a photo saying their car had been stolen and asked people if they could share the photo of their car. This post was shared but now every time facebook is turned on the post reshares automatically. Cant find why or how to stop it sharing.

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