This very brief tutorial will show you how to disable Facebook’s latest “has some privacy issues” service, Open Graph.
I’m not going to write a long-winded explanation of what Open Graph is. You can find a very nice summary of it here. What I will do is show you the steps required to block this new “feature” – which is enabled by default.
- First up, sign in to Facebook. From your Account drop-down list, select Privacy Settings.
- Click the Edit your settings link in the Applications and Websites section (bottom left corner).
- Click the Edit Settings button in the Instant Personalization section.
- Remove the check from the box labeled Enable instant personalization on partner websites.
- When prompted, click the Confirm button.
- Back at the Applications, Games and Websites section of the Privacy Settings, click the Edit Settings button next to Info accessible through your friends
- Remove the check mark from every single item listed and then click the Save Changes button.
- You’re almost done. Now you have to disable the 3 initial partners that Facebook is working with. Start out by heading to the Facebook Docs page. On the left side of that page, locate the Block Application link, and click it.
- Click Block Docs when prompted.
- Now you’ll need to block two other Facebook apps as well – the Pandora app and the Yelp app.
- That’s it – you’re done. There’s only one minor problem. Docs, Pandora and Yelp are just the first 3 external sites that have this “shared integration” – more will certainly come in the future. And you’ll want to block those as well. Facebook has an FAQ that will hopefully be updated as new sites are introduced. So you may want to bookmark that page and check it every once in a while.
- After you’ve disabled this service, you may want to quickly (and I mean quickly) scan all of your Facebook Privacy settings with this tutorial.
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