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Facebook Lets App Users Stay Undercover

Posted on 5.04.2014

Facebook is enabling its users to test apps without sharing any of their personal information from the social network, thanks to a new Anonymous Login feature.

With Anonymous Login, Facebook users have more control over the information that is shared with apps. The feature allows users to log in to apps with their Facebook credentials, but without sharing any personal information from Facebook. This allows users to test out apps and decide if they want to share more information after they learn more about the app.

“Some people want to log into apps without sharing their Facebook information at all. With Anonymous Login, people can do just that,” the Facebook announcement states. “Apps will still get the benefit of Facebook identity verification and cross-platform sync, and people can easily upgrade to the full Facebook Login experience later on.”

It will be interesting to see how this feature unfolds, as people will likely be more willing to try apps if their personal data isn’t being shared. Currently, the Anonymous Login feature is being tested with just a few developers. That said, Facebook says it plans to open the feature up to more developers in the coming months. In the meantime, developers can apply for access to the feature here.

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