iOS 8 Is Here, and Facebook Is Ready

By David Cohen 

FBiOS8650With owners of Apple devices being able to upgrade to iOS 8 starting Wednesday, Facebook is prepared for the new mobile operating system, as well.

The new share features included in iOS 8 will allows users to share content to the social network by tapping the share icon and selecting Facebook, covering content including links, photos and videos from their devices’ camera rolls and content from third-party applications.

Users can also specify the audience the content will be shared with, add locations, specify what they are doing or tag friends.

The social network is also updating its look to take advantage of the larger screen sizes of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it said updates will be rolled out “over the coming weeks.”

One of the changes in iOS 8 is a modification to the location services setting, and Facebook product management director Adam Mosseri reassured users of the social network that their location information is safe, writing in a Newsroom post detailing the updates for iOS 8:

Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from devices, but Apple has updated its location services setting:

Before, there were only two choices for the kind of permission you could give an app: on or off. Now, there are three choices: always, while using the app or never.

When you update to iOS 8, if you previously used Facebook with location services set to “on,” you’ll notice that the location setting now starts out at “always” (the new Apple setting option).

Facebook isn’t getting any new location information when you upgrade to iOS 8: You control your location information. Nothing is changing, and Facebook will continue to respect the choices you’ve made about location.

As always, Facebook doesn’t get location information from your device unless you enable location services.

Facebook does not get location information from your device in the background (that is, while you’re not using the app) unless you give us permission by turning on a feature that requires this, like Nearby Friends. Also, if you choose to turn on a feature like this, you’ll always be able to use your Facebook settings to control whether Facebook gets your location information in the background.

For apps from Facebook that don’t have features that rely on getting location in the background, the location services setting for the iOS 8 versions will start at “while using the app.” These apps include Messenger and Instagram.

iOS users: Are you excited to upgrade your devices to iOS 8?

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