Facebook Has Given Back Public Profile Control To Users

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Last year, Facebook disabled access to features that gave you control over what profile information was publicly seen. That was in response to a security flaw. But the social media giant says the problem has been fixed and you can now edit your public profile and see it safely.

The flaw Facebook says it has fixed allowed attackers to steal access tokens from almost 50 million users. The problem was with the View As feature. This allowed you to see how your profile looked when viewed by the public or with the eyes of a specific person.

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In a post on Twitter, Facebook said:

Today, we're making it easier for people to manage their publicly visible information on Facebook with two updates: (1) we’re bringing back the “View As Public” feature and (2) we’re adding an “Edit Public Details” button directly to profiles.

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Of course, there are still some other things Facebook could do to tighten up privacy controls.

I get that many people rely on Facebook for personal and business reasons so telling everyone to simply delete their accounts isn't especially helpful advice. But using this newly reinstated feature is a good way to ensure that the information you make public is what you expect and doesn't include more information than you're happy to share publicly.


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