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Facebook introduces detailed privacy settings for applications

When Facebook revamped its privacy settings back in December, users gained the ability to control the audience for each individual item they published. Links, status updates, photos ... all shareable with specific groups and people.

Unfortunately, there was still one big loophole: apps. They could publish stories to your feed with none of the privacy controls you'd get on a regular item. Facebook finally changed that this week, with a privacy update.

Now, whenever an application posts something to your account, you'll see the lock icon that represents privacy settings, just like you would with a normal item. You can click on it to choose from Facebook's four default levels of privacy (everyone, friends and networks, friend of friends, and only friends) or individually customize who you're sharing with. Again, this is nothing new -- the news is that it now extends to apps, too, making them less of a privacy risk.

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