FacebookAre you willing to sacrifice your privacy for Facebook?

Facebook has just announced that its developing a new app that will let your “friends” and even strangers know where you are at all times. The upcoming smartphone application is social network’s way of making money from its constantly growing list of mobile users.

According the Bloomberg, the app will work in the background of smartphones to help users find nearby friends. Since the app will still run when the phone is not opened, many questions have been raised about privacy rights and how actually Facebook will use this new information.

Set for a mid-March release, reports say the app will help Facebook gather its users whereabouts and daily habits to sell ads.

Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network has a new need for mobile-based products. “A lot of what we had to do last year was simply to improve our mobile development process,” he said. “The next thing we’re going to do is get really good at building new mobile-first experiences.”

The company also recently revealed its new Graph Search, which allows users to search from the Facebook platform rather than the entire web.

Now the question is: how will users be able to stay private on the new Facebook?

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  • Wouldn’t you have to agree to accept the app? Usually apps on Facebook don’t just start running, you have to agree to the terms. In that case, if you don’t want to be stalked then don’t use the app.

    When it comes to FB and privacy you have to constantly check your privacy settings…and delete people that aren’t worthy of knowing your business.

  • I don’t reveal any personal info on fb. I didn’t give my actual birthday, nor the city I live. I don’t share personal stuff in my status updates. I only use it to keep in touch with friends and family.

    But, I still have privacy concerns. And it’s not just fb though. Google, Yahoo and other companies are just as bad as fb or worse when it comes to gathering info.

    And as for this phone app. There’s no way I would use that.

    I can really see a day when fb’s intrusiveness will push me to delete my page.

  • SL

    I just don’t get the FB craze at all – so much of our personal business is already exposed and most don’t even know it. I stay off of FB, but even if I were on it I certainly don’t want ANYONE knowing where I am at all times. Seems way over the top to me. Who needs to know that other than those who are closes to you and even then you might not want them to know every move you make.

    There is a Clutch article on President Obama consenting to using drones…

    To me FB is far more sinister and dangerous….

  • omfg

    i’m hopeful that fb will meet it’s demise in the next few years.

    i feel so sorry for all of the gullible masses who entrust zuckerberg with so much.

    to me, the dialogue and culture that has grown up around fb are weird – you know like, people getting mad because you don’t wanna friend them when you don’t even know them. it’s all so strange to me.

    what makes me really concerned is how fb has weaseled it’s way onto other sites – commerce sites, etc. where they are giving you the option of signing up via fb. that is scary to me.