HOW TO: Control What Facebook Apps Post On Your Behalf

By Justin Lafferty 

Odds are, if you’ve connected with an application on Facebook, you’ve seen the familiar warning that it can post to your Timeline and on friends’ News Feeds on your behalf. There’s a way you can go back and fix this through the activity log, so the app’s activity can only be seen by you. You can also remove the app if you don’t want it to have access to your profile anymore.

To control app activity, access the activity log on your Timeline.

Once on the activity log screen, you can select a specific app on the left sidebar, or click all apps.

From the all apps screen, you can see each individual post that an app has sent to your Timeline (and to friends’ News Feeds). On a case-by-case basis, you can then select whether or not each story will be posted publicly, to a certain set of friends, a list, or only yourself. By clicking the lock symbol to the right of the story, you can choose who sees the post.

From this screen, you can also remove the story from your Timeline, mark it as spam, or even remove the app from your profile by clicking the pencil icon to the right of the lock.

If you don’t want to get rid of an app, but simply banish it from your Timeline, scroll down the left sidebar and click on the app you want to control. This is useful if you don’t want your co-workers to know that you’re watching a college basketball game on the clock, or if you don’t want your friends to know that you’re listening to Taylor Swift on Spotify. Or simply, it helps if you want to stop automatically posting information to your friends’ News Feeds.

Near the top right of the screen, Facebook gives you the option to control to whom the app will post. From here, you can set the app to only post to yourself (meaning you’re the only one who can see Open Graph actions), or to a specific group of friends. Through the custom option, you can select users who will not be able to see the app’s posts in the future.

Readers: Does this help you manage your app activity?

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