Facebook Location Sharing Enabled by Default - Another Threat to your Privacy and Safety

I noticed something disturbing today.  Ever since about the 15th of March (noticed this on some of my Friends posts going back to the 13th), my Facebook posts have started including my location.  That's pretty disturbing, because I never enabled Facebook to share my location.  It would seem Facebook has enabled this setting by default.

In fact, if I wanted everyone to know where I am, I would have typed my location in my Facebook post.

This really becomes problematic if I were to use Facebook while on vacation.  Suddenly my posts will tell everyone I'm not home, and depending on my privacy settings, that's pretty much telling the world "hey, he's on vacation, go steal stuff from his house!".

I've noticed most of my friends posts are including this information as well.

Facebook does provide instructions on disabling location sharing (https://www.facebook.com/about/location) but it's not very clear if these settings stick.

I urge you the next time you post on Facebook, check to see if there is a small gray box below your post which includes your approximate location.  If there is, click the X inside that box to disable location sharing.

Share this message with your friends and family on Facebook, and help them be safe online too!

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