Menlo Park, California–A recent change in the settings module allows users to easily delete Facebook apps they no longer use or do not want. This will come as welcome news to users who have many unintended third-party apps on their profiles and do not want to take the time to remove them.
The change, first noticed by Inside Facebook, a blog which covers the social network, notes that such third-party apps have access, not only to a user’s own information, but also a list of people they follow and who follow them. This is one of the most unsettling aspects of the world’s largest social network.
Few consumers realize the ease of installing a new app or playing a game is one way the social site funnels information about them to other companies. Conveniently, those same companies’ ads usually appear in users’ news feeds, gobbling-up space.
How to Delete Facebook Apps
Consumers are advised by privacy advocates to occasionally go through their settings and evaluate their need for apps which are likely collecting all kinds of information. To delete Facebook apps, follow these simple steps:
- Login to Facebook and locate the down arrow at the top right of the menu bar.
- Scroll down and click on Settings.
- Click on Apps on the left column.
- Hover over any app and click Edit Settings or Remove.
Share Moments Privately
Facebook is reportedly working on a new app, named “Moments” which will allow users to share content privately with friends and family, according to TechCrunch. The social site has not yet confirmed the news, however, undisclosed sources reveal the app will be a grid-type of interface. It is likely to work much like the Direct feature on Instgram, a property owned by Facebook.
The reason for the development of a private content sharing app is ostensibly to allow users to secretly share without having to navigate the evermore complex privacy settings of the social platform.