In yet another stunning example of Facebook’s utter disregard for privacy, the Places feature was rolled out today. I won’t reinvent the wheel by explaining what it is because you can read all about it for yourself here and here.
Instead, for our purposes right now, I will show you how to not use Places.
- First, click Account>>Privacy Settings. At the bottom of the table click Customize Settings. Scroll down and find Places I Check In. It will already be set by default to Everyone. Click on it and select Custom>>Edit then select Only Me.
- Directly beneath this item reads Include Me In People here now after I check in. This is also enabled by default. Uncheck the box.
- Immediately following the above referenced section, scroll down a bit and find Friends Can Check Me Into Places. Again, this is also enabled by default. Click the down arrow and select Disabled.
This is all very straightforward and does not involve a Ph.D. from MIT in Calc, but if you should have any further questions, don’t be too shy to shoot me an email.
BTW – thus far, Places is limited to users in the U.S. because our douchebag representatives care more about their fuckwad Big Bu$ine$$ buddies than American citizens privacy, therefore we have very few privacy laws on the books at the national level prohibiting the “opt in” by default policy.
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