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Facebook says it's fixing privacy problems

Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 14:42:06-04

If you scroll too quickly you'll miss it. It's an update in your Facebook feed about whether or not your account information was stolen.

And it's only 3 years after the company found out about it.

The company rolled out its notifications to users on Monday. If you're in the clear, you'll receive a notice with a short explainer about privacy and a button to "go to apps and websites."  

But if your information is caught up in this mess the notification will go into more detail, mentioning that the game 'This is Your Digital Life' was banned for possibly misusing your data. Beneath it you'll see a prompt to "see how you're affected"

Now there isn't much you can do about what is already out there, but Facebook says it's making changes going forward. It has already banned other third party apps which it accuses of using similar tactics to the original offending app.

The company also says it has drastically restricted the freedoms other apps once had. Third party apps are not longer allowed to ask for:
-Religious or political views
-Relationship status
-Friends lists
-Education or work history

Also no more searching for friends with an email or phone number. Facebook says that information may have been abused too. The notification is being rolled out in phases, so if you haven't received it yet, you will. Our unscientific poll of the ABC15 newsroom and Let Joe Know Facebook fans show no responders have received it yet. Let me know if you do.