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Social Media Giant Facebook Brings Back ‘View as Public’ Feature

This version was unaffected by the security incident and was significantly more popular than “View as Specific Person”

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FILE - The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

To make it easy for people to manage their publicly visible information on Facebook, the social media giant is restoring the “View as Public” feature it had disabled last year owing to a major security flaw.

The feature helps users view their profile from the perspective of someone they aren’t friends with.

It also makes it easier for users to manage what information does or doesn’t get displayed on the public-facing version of their profiles, reports The Verge.

“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,” Facebook said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Last September, Facebook had disabled the feature after a security flaw that allowed an attacker to steal access tokens for over 50 million accounts by exploiting a related feature.

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Stolen tokens can allow hackers to break into accounts.

In order to address the issue, Facebook was forced to make over 90 million users log back into their accounts to ensure that they were secure.

“We have completed our security review and are re-enabling the version of the ‘View As’ feature that lets people see what their profile looks like to people they aren’t friends with on Facebook,” said the company.

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This version was unaffected by the security incident and was significantly more popular than “View as Specific Person”.

The “View as Specific Person” feature was responsible for the security flaw and is not being restored at this time. (IANS)

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Famous Fitness Programme CrossFit Quits Facebook, Instagram Citing Security Concerns

The company has also accused the social networking giant of deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Citing security concerns, famous fitness and lifestyle programme CrossFit has quit Facebook and Instagram.

Recently, Facebook deleted Crossfit’s “Banting7DayMealPlan” user group with 1.65 million followers without any warning or explanation that triggered the US-based fitness company to take the decision, which was further fuelled by public security complaints against the platform.

“All activities on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended as of May 22, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the ‘Banting7DayMealPlan’ and other public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community,” CrossFit, Inc. wrote in a blog-post on Friday.

According to the post, complaints against Facebook and Instagram include collection and sharing of user-information and Facebook’s government collaboration for citizen surveillance programmes.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook selling user information, censoring news feeds, maintaining weak intellectual property (IP) protections and poor security protocols have also been listed as reasons why CrossFit decided to remove its presence from Facebook and its photo-messaging app Instagram.

“For these reasons, CrossFit, Inc. has placed Facebook and its associated properties under review and will no longer support or use Facebook’s services until further notice,” the post noted.

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The company has also accused the social networking giant of deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease. (IANS)