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As posted on Facebook, March 9, 2013:
Facebook Graph App

Netlore Archive: Viral postings claim Facebook's new 'Graph App' or 'Graphic App' (actually Graph Search) compromises members' privacy by making all their photos, comments and likes visible to total strangers.

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Description: Viral rumor / Hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2013
Status: False (see details below)


Example #1:
As posted on Facebook, Sep. 5, 2013:

Hello to all of you who are on my list of contacts of Facebook. I would like to ask a favor of you.... You may not know that Facebook has changed its privacy configuration once again. Thanks to the new “Graphic app”, any person in Facebook anywhere in the world can see our photos, our “likes” and our “comments”. During the next two weeks, I am going to keep this message posted and I ask you to do the following and comment “DONE”. Those of my friends who do not maintain my information in private will be eliminated from my list of friends, because I want the information I share with you, my friends, to remain among my friends and not be available to the whole world. I want to be able to publish photos of my friends and family without strangers being able to see them which is what happens now when you choose “like” or “comment”. Unfortunately we cannot change this configuration because Facebook has made it like this. So, please, place your cursor over my photo that appears in this box (without clicking) and a window will open. Now move the cursor to the word “Friends”, again without clicking and then on “Settings”. Click "Settings" now and Uncheck “Life Events” and “Comments and Like”. This way my activity with my family and friends will no longer be made public. Now, copy and paste this text on your own wall (do not “share” it!). Once I see it published on your page, I will un-check the same for you.


Example #2:
As posted on Facebook, March 9, 2013:

Just so everyone on my friends list knows that I completed this and I am done! Facebook has changed their privacy settings once more!! Due to the new "graph app" anyone on facebook (including other countries ) can see your pictures, likes & comments. The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post DONE!!! Those of you who do not keep my information from going... out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of family that I don't want strangers to have access to! This happens when friends click "like" or "comment"....automatically, their friends would see our posts, too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Faceboook configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear,now move the mouse on "FRIENDS" (also without clicking), then down to "settings", click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on "LIFE EVENTS and "COMMENTS & LIKES". By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy & paste this on your wall. Once i see this posted on your page, I will do the same. Thank You


Analysis: This is an old viral alert updated with references to Facebook's new Graph Search feature (mislabeled "Graph App" or "Graphic App" in the rumor texts above).

These messages are largely inaccurate and give incorrect advice on adjusting privacy settings.

Contrary to what's claimed, Graph Search won't make any of your Facebook content or activities visible to strangers unless they're already "public" per your own privacy settings. Graph Search simply gives other members another way to find your stuff.

For example, if your current privacy settings only allow friends to view photos and status updates, Graph Search won't change that — only friends will be able to see your content, including in search results. However, if your current settings allow your content to be viewed by everyone, then everyone, friends and non-friends alike, will be able to see it in Graph Search results. That's pretty straightforward.

Tagging complicates matters somewhat. If someone tags you in a photo, comment, or status update, the visibility of the tagged material is governed by the privacy settings of the person who posted it. In those cases you have the option of 1) deleting the tag yourself, or 2) asking the member who tagged you to adjust their overall settings to make their posts more private.

Whatever you do, don't rely on the instructions given in the viral alert, which are laughably wrong and misleading. All you'll accomplish is blocking some of your friends' updates from appearing on your timeline (or yours on theirs). It will not prevent your (or their) content from appearing in Graph Search or being otherwise visible to the public at large.

If you do want to change your privacy settings (or are unsure what your current settings are) follow these instructions from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

See additional resources at the bottom of this page.

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More examples:
As posted on Facebook, July 17, 2013:

Ik wil jullie graag om een gunst vragen .... Facebook heeft haar privacy configuratie gewijzigd opnieuw. Dankzij de nieuwe "Graphic app", kan elke persoon in Facebook overal in de wereld onze foto's, likes en reacties zien. Gedurende de komende twee weken zal ik dit bericht plaatsen en vraag jullie het volgende te doen en te becommentariëren "DONE". Wie dit niet wil doen zal ik verwijderen uit mijn vriendenlijst, omdat ik wil dat de informatie die ik met jullie deel onder ons blijft en niet de hele wereld over gaat. Ik wil in staat zijn om foto's van mijn vrienden en familie te publiceren zonder vreemden in staat te zien en dat is wat er nu gebeurt als je kiest "like" of "reactie". Helaas kunnen we niet deze configuratie zelf veranderen, vandaar dat ik jullie om actie vraag. Acties vereist: Als je met je cursor op mijn foto gaat staan die bij dit bericht staat (zonder te klikken) wordt een venster wordt geopend. Beweeg nu de cursor naar het woord 'Vrienden', opnieuw zonder te klikken en vervolgens op 'Instellingen'. Vink "Levensgebeurtenissen" en "Commentaar en Like" en “Foto’s” uit. Op deze manier wordt mijn activiteit over mijn familie en vrienden niet meer openbaar worden gemaakt. Nu, kopieer en plak deze tekst op je eigen muur (niet "delen" !). Zodra ik dit bericht terug zie op jouw pagina, zal ik deze zelfde handeling doen, dank jullie

As posted on Facebook, July 16, 2013:

Hei til alle dere som er på min liste over kontaktene på Facebook. Jeg vil gjerne spørre deg om en tjeneste .... Du vet kanskje ikke at Facebook har endret sine retningslinjer for konfigurasjon igjen. Takket være den nye "Graphic app", kan en hvilken som helst person i Facebook hvor som helst i verden se våre bilder, våre "liker" og våre "kommentarer". I løpet av de neste to ukene, kommer jeg til å llegge ut denne meldingen, og jeg ber dere om å gjøre følgende og kommentere "Gjort". De av mine venner som ikke vil opprettholde min informasjon privat vil bli eliminert fra min liste over venner, fordi jeg vil at informasjonen jeg deler med dere, mine venner, skal forbli blant mine venner og ikke være tilgjengelig for hele verden. Jeg ønsker å kunne publisere bilder av mine venner og familie uten at fremmede skal kunne se hva som skjer nå når du velger "liker" eller "kommenter". Dessverre kan vi ikke endre denne konfigurasjonen fordi Facebook har gjort det slik. Så vær så snill, plasserer markøren over bildet mitt som vises i denne boksen (uten å klikke) og et vindu vil åpnes. Nå flytter du markøren til ordet "Venner", igjen uten å klikke og deretter på "Innstillinger". Fjern haken "Viktige begivenheter" og "Kommentarer og ting folk liker". På denne måten vil min aktivitet med min familie og venner ikke lenger bli offentliggjort. Nå, kopierer og limer du inn denne teksten på din egen vegg (ikke "dele" det!). Når jeg ser det publisert på siden din, vil jeg fjerne merkingen hos deg.

As posted on Facebook, July 16, 2013:

Hola a todos los que están en mi lista de contactos. Tengo que pedirles un gran favor porque Facebook cambió, una vez más, su configuración de privacidad. Debido a la nueva "graphic app" cualquier persona en Facebook puede ver tus fotos, gustos y comentarios. Las próximas 2 semanas voy a tener publicado este mensaje, y por favor, una vez que hagas lo siguiente, comenta HECHO! Aquellos de ustedes que no mantengan mi información como privada sino para la opinión pública voy a tener que eliminarlos! Quiero quedarme en PRIVADO conectado con ustedes. Puedo publicar fotos de familia y amigos sin que extraños tengan acceso a ello. Esto sucede cuando los amigos hacen clic en "Me gusta" o "comentario": automáticamente sus amigos pueden ver también nuestros mensajes. Lamentablemente, no podemos cambiar esta configuración por nosotros mismos porque Faceboook lo ha configurado así. INSTRUCCIONES: Primero, coloca el puntero del ratón encima de mi nombre (sin hacer clic), aparecerá una ventana. Ahora mové el ratón en "Amigos" (también sin hacer clic), luego a "Configuración", hacé clic aquí y aparecerá una lista. Quitá la marca de "acontecimientos importantes" y "comentarios y me gusta ". De esta manera, mi actividad entre mis amigos y familiares ya no se hacen públicos. Ahora, copiá y pegá esto en tu muro (¡ojo!: copia y pega, no "compartir estado").

As posted on Facebook, July 16, 2013:

Hallo Ihr lieben Freunde meiner Facebook-Kontaktliste, ich möchte alle um einen Gefallen bitten... Facebook hat scheinbar schon wieder die Privatsphäre-Einstellungen geändert! Dank der neuen "Graphic App" kann jeder bei FB (sogar jemand im Ausland), Eure Bilder sehen, Eure Vorlieben kennen und Eure Kommentare lesen. Dieser Beitrag wird die nächsten Tage angezeigt und sobald Ihr das getan habt worum ich Euch bitte, dann antwortet bitte mit dem Vermerk "Erledigt!" Denn wenn Eure Freunde "Gefällt mir" oder "Kommentieren" anklicken, können ihre Freunde automatisch auch unsere Beiträge sehen. Leider kann man diese Einstellung nicht selbst ändern. Also, bitte, zieht die Maus auf meinen Namen (ohne anzuklicken), ein Fenster erscheint. Zieht die Maus auf "Freunde"(immer noch ohne anzuklicken) und anschließend auf "Einstellungen". Klickt auf "Einstellungen". Eine Liste erscheint. Entfernt das Häkchen bei "Lebensereignisse" und bei "Kommentare und Gefällt mir". So sind meine Aktivitäten mit Freunden und Familie nicht mehr öffentlich. Jetzt KOPIERT diesen Beitrag und FÜGT ihn in Eurem Statusfeld ein. (Ich habe gesagt: KOPIEREN UND EINFÜGEN und nicht "teilen"). Sobald ich das veröffentlicht sehe, werde ich das Gleiche vornehmen. Danke...

As posted on Facebook, July 16, 2013:

Kepada semua yang berada di dalam senarai kenalan Facebook saya, anda mungkin tidak tahu bahawa Facebook telah mengubah konfigurasi privasi sekali lagi. Applikasi grafik (“Graphic app”) yang baru menyebabkan semua pengguna Facebook di seluruh dunia boleh melihat gambar-gambar (photos), kesukaan (likes) dan komen kita. Malangnya kita tidak boleh mengubah konfigurasi ini kerana Facebook telah menjadikan ia seperti ini. Oleh itu, dalam tempoh dua minggu akan datang, saya akan terus meletakkan mesej ini dan berharap agar anda juga melakukan perkara yang sama. Saya juga memohon agar anda melakukan perkara-perkara berikut supaya maklumat peribadi yang saya kongsikan dengan anda dan kenalan lain kekal peribadi dan bukan untuk tatapan umum. Saya akan mengeluarkan anda daripada senarai kenalan facebook saya jika anda tidak melakukannya. Letakkan kursor anda ke atas gambar profile saya tanpa mengklik padanya dan tetingkap akan terbuka. Sekarang gerakkan kursor ke perkataan 'Rakan-rakan' (friends) juga tanpa mengklik. Kemudian, klik pada 'Setting’ dan buang tanda pada 'Life events’ , 'photo' dan 'comments and likes’. Dengan cara ini aktiviti saya dengan keluarga dan kawan-kawan saya tidak lagi akan menjadi tatapan umum. Sila tulis/komen ‘done’ setelah selesai melakukannya. Sila copy dan paste teks ini di dinding (wall) anda sendiri (bukan 'share' ya!). Apabila saya melihat ia diterbitkan pada halaman anda, saya akan buang tanda yang sama untuk anda

As posted on Facebook, June 29, 2013:

Bonjour à tous ceux qui sont dans ma liste de contacts de Facebook. J'ai un service à vous demander... Facebook a changé sa configuration de privacité, encore une fois! Grâce à la nouvelle "graphic app" n'importe qui dans FB (même quelqu'un dans un pays étranger), peut voir vos photos, connaitre vos goûts et lire vos commentaires. Ce message sera affiché pendant les 2 prochaines semaines et, s'il vous plait, une fois que vous ferez ce que je vous demande, répondez avec la mention "Fait!" Quand vos amis font click sur "J'aime" ou "Commentaire", automatiquement leurs amis peuvent, eux aussi, voir nos messages. Malheureusement, on ne peut pas changer cette configuration nous mêmes. Donc, svp , mettez la souris sur mon nom (sans cliquer), une fenêtre va apparaître. Faites glisser alors la souris sur "Amis" (toujours sans cliquer) et après sur "Paramètres". Cliquez sur "Paramètres". Une liste apparaît. Enlèvez de cette liste "événements marquants" et "commentaires et mentions j'aime". De cette façon, mon activité entre mes amis et ma famille n'est plus publique. Maintenant, copiez et collez ceci dans votre mur (J'ai bien dit : COPIER ET COLLER, et non "partager"). Une fois que je le verrai publié, je ferai de même. Merci...

As posted on Facebook, June 29, 2013:

Chiedo un favore a coloro che stanno nella lista dei miei contatti di facebook. FB ha cambiato ancora una volta la sua configurazione della privacy! A causa della nuova “graphic app” qualunque persona in FB può vedere le tue foto, i tuoi “mi piace”, i tuoi commenti. Terrò questo messaggio sulla mia bacheca per due settimane e, per favore, una volta fatto ciò che ti chiedo qui di seguito, commenta “FATTO”. Quelli di voi che non facciano diventare privata la mia informazione nei confronti degli altri saranno cancellati dalla lista dei miei amici. Voglio tenere privati i miei rapporti con te. Voglio pubblicare foto di familiari e amici senza che gli estranei vi abbiano accesso; questo succede quando i miei amici cliccano “mi piace” o aggiungono commenti: automaticamente i loro amici possono vedere anche i nostri messaggi. Purtroppo non possiamo cambiare noi stessi questa configurazione perché FB l’ha configurata così. Ma tu lo puoi fare! Dunque: Colloca il puntatore del mouse sul mio nome, senza cliccare; apparirà una finestra. Ora muovi il mouse su “Amici”, sempre senza cliccare, poi clicca su “Impostazioni” e apparirà una lista. Togli la spunta a “Avvenimenti importanti” e “Commenti a mi piace”. In questo modo, la mia attività tra me e i miei amici e familiari non diventerà pubblica. Infine copia e incolla questa nota sulla tua bacheca (copia-incolla, non condividere). Quando lo vedrò pubblicato sulla tua bacheca, farò la stessa operazione nei confronti del tuo profilo.........grazieeeeeeeeeee


Sources and further reading:

Facebook 'Graph App' Status Is False
WCSH-TV News, 8 March 2013

Facebook Graph Search Didn’t Break Your Privacy Settings, It Only Feels Like That
TechCrunch.com, 4 February 2013

What Facebook's New Graph Search Means for Your Privacy
Mashable.com, 15 January 2013

3 Privacy Settings to Tweak Before Facebook Graph Search Rolls Out
NBCNews.com, Feb. 2013

How to Protect Your Privacy from Facebook's Graph Search
EFF.org, 18 January 2013


Last updated 10/09/13

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