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5 Design Tricks Facebook Uses To Affect Your Privacy Decisions

If you feel like Facebook increasingly has fewer and fewer options to reject applications and organization access to your private information, you’re not imagining it. Here are five ways Facebook’s design choices in the App Center have minimized your choices over time.

Over at TechCrunch they have a guest post by Avi Charkham highlighting five ways recent changes to the Facebook App Center put privacy settings on the back burner. In regard to the comparison seen in the image above, for example, he writes:

#1: The Single Button Trick

In the old design Facebook used two buttons – “Allow” and “Don’t Allow” – which automatically led you to make a decision. In the new App Center Facebook chose to use a single button. No confirmation, no decisions to make. One click and, boom, your done! Your information was passed on to the app developers and you never even notice it.

Hit up the link below to check out the other four redesign choices that minimize the information about privacy and data usage you see and maximize the click-through and acceptance rate for apps.

5 Design Tricks Facebook Uses To Affect Your Privacy Decisions [TechCruch]

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  • Published 08/27/12

Comments (8)

  1. r

    Face-what?

  2. Noman

    Nice Guide Thank you Guys

  3. tony

    I swear sometimes I click the “Do Not Allow” button and am still taken to the app. Maybe it’s careless clicking, but I don’t think it is. Just means an extra click to make sure it didn’t get approved. I’ve got no time to deal with lodging a complaint about something I can take care of. But if it’s happened to you, know that you’re not alone.

  4. Kurt

    Another nasty trick I’ve found is they’ll give you a list of options to allow the app to have access too, but if you deny all of them, the “Allow” button changes to “Skip”. Which means you don’t actually change any settings, and every time you go to use the app again, it will try to set up its permissions again. To the wary user, they’ll know to keep skipping, but frustrated/uninformed users will likely just hit “allow” and go with it.

    And people wonder why their accounts keep getting “hacked”, when every app now is able to post on your behalf unless you tell it not to.

  5. max

    Deleted my FB account years ago.

  6. Paul

    Facebook is for losers. Seriously. Get a life.

  7. Holger

    Too glad I never joined that crap.

  8. the flap

    Mark Zuckerberg advocates the sexual abuse of animals to stop child predators. “Would calm them down”. Stay away from my farm Mark.

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