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How to Disable Facebook Messenger Location Tracking Feature?

Facebook is certainly one of the most popular apps used on the iPhone. After a while, Facebook has released its standalone instant messaging app called Messenger which quickly rose in popularity as well. With that said, we all know that Facebook is not exactly a stranger when it comes to privacy issues and missteps. Providing the “best user experience” means tracking your web activities in more ways than one so you can receive targeted ads. This particular privacy concern is present in the Messenger app as well.

Facebook Messenger App
With its default setting, Messenger can track your locations and store information about your web activities. This is for the purpose of serving you with laser-targeted ads that are relevant to your interests and needs. In reality, privacy-conscious users will have none of that.
Facebook Messenger Tracking
Harvard Computer Science and Mathematics major Aran Khanna has written an informative post about how accurate Messenger with regards to pinpointing your location. In light of this, Khanna created a Chrome extension that enables you to track the whereabouts of your Facebook friends. Pretty disconcerting! Fortunately, disabling Facebook Messenger’s Location Tracking is fairly simple.

How to Disable Facebook Messenger Location Tracking:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, navigate to Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy then Location Services.
  3. In the Allow Location Access label, be sure that you have Never checked.
  4. How to Disable Facebook Messenger Location Tracking

And that's how you disable Facebook Messenger Location Tracking. To enable this Location Services feature again, just do these steps again and have the While Using the App option checked.

For most people, Facebook and Messenger have been deeply integrated to their social lives. However, you should know that these applications are actively gathering information about their users. In that regard, it is up to you to make sure that these applications are in check, especially when it concerns your privacy. Keep in mind that Facebook is not the only company that’s tracking you down, so always check your privacy settings. [via iPhoneHacks]

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