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How To Opt-Out Of Facebook’s Instant Personalization

by Sean P. Aune | May 20, 2010May 20, 2010 6:50 pm PST

If you aren’t overly fond of Facebook’s new Instant Personalization feature like numerous other people, there is a way to opt-out of it, but it does take several steps to do so.

When Facebook got all slap happy with its new “Open Graph” concept that has Facebook users sharing their personal data all over the Web, it was all set to an automatic opt-in.  Controversy aside, you can get out of it, but you have to dig a bit to do so.

To get started you can either click this link to jump right to the page, or you can click “Account” in the top right of your page on Facebook, click on “Privacy Settings” and then click the button for “Applications and Websites”.  Once there you need to click on “Edit Setting next to “Instant Personalization Pilot Program”.

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When you get to this page there is a big long explanation of how the system works, but all you are concerned about is the check box at the bottom.  Un-check that and a pop-up will appear asking you to confirm you are opting out.

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In very tiny print below that check box, it says “Please keep in mind that if you opt out, your friends may still share public Facebook information about you to personalize their experience on these partner sites unless you block the application. Learn more.”  So you still aren’t done!  Go back to the Privacy page, and this time click on “Edit Settings” next to “What your friends can share about you”.  Yes, even your friends can control your privacy it seems.

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Once in there, you will see there are a lot of boxes with checks next to them.  Uncheck the ones you wish for your friends to not be able to share, although we recommend undoing all of them. Make sure to click “Save Changes” when you’re done.

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And there you go, you’ve opted out of all this “Instant Personalization” silliness.  Course, would have been nice if it had been opt-in, but oh well!


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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