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Facebook’s new creepy, location-based feature

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There is now a new and creepy way your Facebook friends can keep tabs on you, and it’s about to launch in Australia.

In case there weren’t enough ways of doing this already, the tech giant has rolled out the “Nearby Friends” feature on both its iOS and Android Facebook apps – meaning you can essentially see on a map where your friends are.

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This is how you opt out of the feature on the updated mobile app.

And they can see you too.

In a 2014 blog post when it launched in the US, Facebook’s Product Manager Andrea Vaccari wrote it: “helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go”.

“If you turn on Nearby Friends,” Ms Vaccari explained. “You’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up.

“For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.

Luckily, users have the choice to be creepy.

The feature can be turned on or off at any time.

When users get the new app update on their mobile, they are instantly given the option when they get into the app for the first time.

The feature is similar to dating apps like ‘Happn’, which lets you know when you’ve crossed paths with another user, using your phone’s GPS feature.

Once activated, users are sent push notifications and alerted to friends who are around them.

The app does not turn off the feature once it is active.

Interestingly, when giving you the choice to opt in, users can select if they’d like to share their location with friends, friends of friends, family or even anyone in the same city as you.

Here’s what the notifications, feature looks like:


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