Facebook Ticker Privacy

With Facebook getting ready to make the Timeline mandatory for all users soon, I’ve notice status updates about the news ticker on the right making the rounds again. Almost all the “requests” I’ve seen in status updates are bunk. What they are requesting you do will not do a darn thing to YOUR privacy settings. Your privacy settings work the same as they did before, providing you used them in the first place.

If you do not want YOUR activity showing up on anyone but your friends’ tickers, stop using the “Friends of friends” setting. This is what is broadcasting so widely. Also, you have NO control over your friends’ security settings. If you comment on a status/photo/link your friend has set to public or friends of friends, then your comments/likes on that status/photo/link WILL show up on THEIR friends’ tickers as well as your friends’ tickers. Asking YOUR FRIENDS to unsubscribe from your comments & likes that will ONLY remove the activity from that particular friend’s ticker.

If you want to ask your friends to do something that will help stop/limit the ticker information, use this blurb:

“If you don’t want your actions broadcast to everyone via the ticker/News Feed please set your privacy to “Friends” and ask your friends to do the same.  Pass it on.”

The hard part is getting your friends to do it. Not all will. Some people want their status updates to be available to friends of friends or to be public. Whatever their reasons are for this is their business. If you don’t want someone else to see your comment, the only way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to NOT COMMENT. I’m one of those people who are essentially an open book. I don’t care who sees 98% of the stuff I put out there. My personal theory is if you don’t want anyone to see it, then DO NOT put it ANYWHERE on the ‘Net – period.


Thanks to SophosLabs’ blog post “Facebook’s ticker privacy scare, and what you should do about it” for some of this information. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/09/26/facebook-ticker-privacy-scare/

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