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Facebook Allows Users to See and Control Data Shared with Platform

“You can do this for all of your off-Facebook activity, or just for specific apps and websites,” Egan and Baser wrote

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Facebook on Tuesday rolled out a tool that allows users to see and control the data that apps and websites share about them with the social networking platform.

“… today we’re introducing a new way to view and control your off-Facebook activity,” Facebook’s Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, and David Baser, Director of Product Management, wrote in a blog post.

The tool, “Off-Facebook Activity” lets users see a summary of the apps and websites that send to Facebook information about a user’s activity, and clear this information from their account if they want to.

“This is another way to give people more transparency and control on Facebook,” Egan and Baser wrote.

Imagine a clothing website wants to show ads to people who are interested in a new style of shoes. They can send information to Facebook, saying someone on a particular device looked at those shoes.

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If that device information matches someone’s Facebook account, the social networking platform can show ads about those shoes to that person.

With Off-Facebook Activity, you can see and control the data that other apps and websites share with Facebook.

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So users can now see a summary of the information other apps and websites have sent Facebook through its online business tools like Facebook Pixel or Facebook Login.

They can also disconnect this information from the account if they want to and choose to disconnect future off-Facebook activity from the account.

“You can do this for all of your off-Facebook activity, or just for specific apps and websites,” Egan and Baser wrote. (IANS)

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The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month. It’s 20 million increase over the figures reported in October 2018.

Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

Given that the game is available on almost all platform, it’s no surprise that number of players keeps growing, Windows Central reported on Saturday.

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Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Wikimedia Commons

Often touted as virtual LEGO, the game is about fitting pieces together to create something amazing. The game is essentially a blank canvas and provides endless building blocks.

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But post-launch support and the ability of users to create content, even campaigns, are considered reasons behind its success. Hopefully, the title will continue to flourish and reach even greater heights, the report said. (IANS)