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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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Facebook Suffers Major Outage Across the World

Other than a 'degraded performance', Facebook was yet to issue a statement whether the outage was fixed

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Facebook on Sunday faced major outage in the UK, the US and parts of Europe and Asia as users were not able to access News Feed and Notifications.

The outage monitor website Down Detector reported more than 4,000 reports from users, saying they faced issues with News Feed and Notifications features on the social networking giant.

The server status page on Facebook said: “We are currently experiencing degraded performance across the entire platform, resulting in increased request response time. Our team is aware of the issue and is working on a solution”.

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FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

The users flooded Twitter, saying they can’t see the popular News Feed.

“When Facebook goes down, I always go to Twitter to check if it’s not just me,” tweeted one user.

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“All my Facebook notifications have gone. Has anyone else experienced the same?” tweeted another.

Other than a ‘degraded performance’, Facebook was yet to issue a statement whether the outage was fixed. (IANS)