Facebook disables some services, resulting in less geolocation tracking

Facebook will no longer collect data from a number of its geolocation services. Therefore, features that previously tracked your location in real time, including nearby friends and weather alerts, will soon be discontinued (after May 31, 2022).

In a statement to The Verge, a spokesman for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, confirmed “the use of some location-based services.” Friends nearby and weather alerts will be the first, with location history and background location expected soon.

Initially, information about the decision to stop collecting geolocation data was disclosed to users using the above services through a notification. The official rationale for termination is “low usage” by users.

Not only will data no longer be collected, but Facebook will also delete all saved data on August 1, 2022. Users will be able to download and view data collected by the platform up to this clipping point via the “Settings and Privacy” menu.

It should be noted that this does not mean that Facebook will stop collecting geolocation data at all. In accordance with the company’s data policy, this information will continue to be collected and processed, albeit for other “experiences”.

This naturally raises some questions, but hardly anyone expected Facebook to voluntarily refuse to collect so much valuable user data. In recent years, Meta has been criticized for handling users’ sensitive information.

This has forced companies like Apple and governments to start implementing measures to protect user data, which is disgusting to Meta. For example, iOS allows users to both distort their geolocation and not give it away from Facebook at all.

After all, Facebook will be Facebook and will always view user data as an invaluable item. Whether they will continue to move away from this remains to be seen.

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