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June 5, 2015

Facebook Messenger Update Removes Default Location Sharing

An update to Facebook Messenger is giving a little bit of privacy back to its users.

Facebook messengerMessenger no longer shares users’ location by default. Instead, users now have full control over when and how their location information is shared. To send a location, the user simply taps on the location pin and then must choose to send it as a separate message.

Facebook is also enabling users to send a map of their location or another particular place as a separate message.

“Over the past few months, we’ve been working on a brand new way to send a location as part of a conversation in Messenger,” head of product got Messenger Stan Chudnovsky said in a blog post. “Today, we’re excited to start rolling it out in place of our previous location sharing feature.”

To use the new features, tap the More icon or the location pin located at the bottom of the Smartphone screen.

“If you want to tell a friend which restaurant to meet you at, search for the restaurant and send a map of where it is,” Chudnovsky said. “If you’re running late, send a map of where you are to your friend to let him or her know how far away you are.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.