Want To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook? This 'Kill-Switch' May Help.

It's not a popular setting but it's becoming more well-known.

As Facebook faces questions about how it protects user data — and prepares for testimony on Capitol Hill — users are looking for ways that they can better protect themselves on the platform by searching for information on how to change their Facebook privacy settings. Luckily, at least part of the solution may be pretty simple: as Business Insider reports, there's a "kill-switch" that has the ability to prevent apps from accessing your data.


Most Facebook users knowingly or unknowingly give up a ton of data on themselves when they use Facebook in connection with apps and websites they visit. But some eagle-eyed users have found a loophole around that. It's called "Platform," and, as, Business Insider notes, turning it off can significantly reduce the amount of data Facebook collects from you. Here is how to do it.

First, visit Facebook's Settings page, either by clicking the dropdown in Facebook's upper right corner or by clicking  here.

A screenshot from my Facebook showing how to turn Platform off. Isaac Saul

Then go to the "Apps" section within Settings, which is reachable from the list on the lefthand side.

A page will appear with four options. In the top left, you'll see that Platform is turned on. And you'll have an option to edit. Click that. 

A screenshot from my Facebook account highlighting the edit button. Isaac Saul

Once you do that, you'll get an explanation of what turning this setting off will do. Please read it through so that you can make an informed decision. 

A screenshot of the warning. Isaac Saul

Once you click "turn off," Facebook will no longer be able to collect data that you aren't already sharing through your profile on Facebook. It's unclear whether Facebook will still be able to access the application data you've given to it up until now, but it will stop them from collecting any more going forward. (If you're interested in what Facebook knows about you already, here's how to download your Facebook data.)

If you're worried about your privacy, it's a relatively easy (if partial) solution to a big problem. 

Cover image via TY Lim / Shutterstock.com.


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