One of the main features Facebook offered its users was the anonymous scanning of friends’ and Group pages. Originally, no one could see which pages you looked at, meaning you could find out information without any embarrassing awareness from the object of your curiosity.
This week, Facebook set out to change that situation. Complex Tech reports that Facebook announced via its blog that:
Starting today when you visit a group, you can view who’s seen each post. This way you can stay updated on the group’s activity… For example, in your soccer group you can post the new practice time and then see who got the update.
Facebook also started a new service this week that announces momentous events in friends’ lives. The information, such as wedding dates, engagements or the birth of a child, will appear on the side of the screen when users log in.
Facebook has faced a number of criticisms over the last year. Most recently it was criticized for removing a post that addressed human rights issues in Syria. The company has also been called out for changing the e-mail that appears on users’ accounts, thereby promoting the @facebook.com e-mail feature of the site.
There have also been several waves of disapproval at the security and privacy settings of the website. This new service which allows others to see who views what links on a Group page takes away some of the anonymity of scanning Facebook, but may also give users a clue about the list of people interested in checking up on various personal activities.
Most commentators have agreed that Facebook will most likely attempt to implement this technology into more areas of the site, completely obliterating privacy. So next time you check up on any of your exes, or that old high school crush, just imagine a tiny notice appearing next to their status alerting them that you just visited their page. It’s a startling and slightly horrifying prospect. As the blogger for Complex Tech concludes on this issue, “Who’s ready for full transparency?”
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