The Snapchat feature allowed users to see their friends’ location on a map – which, as many people pointed out, is a pretty large invasion of privacy.
Facebook now has a similar feature, but instead of mapping locations with map-like accuracy it will tell you when friends are in the nearby area.
It’s only accessible through the mobile app and displays the neighborhood your Facebook friends are in when nearby.
The feature is called “Nearby Friends” and we’re not entirely sure of its purpose. Surely if you want to let someone know you’re in the area you’ll just text them right? Or Facebook message them if you want to stay attached to the app in some respect.
If you want to make sure that Facebook never uses your location for new features, completely disabling location services for the app is the way to go. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can find directions below, as well as some tips on how I keep the Facebook app permanently in check:
Here’s how to turn it off:
- Launch the Facebook app on your Phone.
- Tap on More in the bottom navigation.
- Tap on Account Settings.
- Tap on Location
- Turn Off the option for Location History