FACEBOOK has come under fire after it was revealed adult sites could show up in people’s Facebook account timelines.
Technology blog Techwag has warned Facebook users to prepare for embarrassing connections to porn sites to start appearing in their timelines once the new feature goes live in coming weeks.
The timeline feature means you will now have an ongoing and persistent record of your activities when on Facebook and so will others who can view your page.
What this means is that if a porn site uses passive sharing options on Facebook, has “like” buttons on its page or allows people to sign into their site using your Facebook details then all of that will now be recorded on your timeline.
However this will only occur if you choose to interact with porn sites.
Techwag blogger Rmorrill explains how it’s already happening: “Imagine my surprise to see a couple of porn sites this morning using Facebook Connect, and yes, they knew who I was.
“Embarrassed possibly, more humoured because this really is how the adult industry is going to get into social media and it will be done because users rarely log out of Facebook (even that might not help) and Facebook connect is everywhere.”
According to Mashable.com letting apps place a huge amount of information into your timeline at the click of a button and granting that App access to your feed and to share your activity presents serious privacy concerns.
“What activity, you ask? It could be the news articles you read online, the videos you watch, the photos you view, the music you listen to, or any other action within the site or App. Facebook calls this auto-sharing ‘Gestures’, ” wrote Pete Cashmore on Mashable.com