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Facebook Launches Places

GEO PRIVACY

August 19, 2010

Facebook yesterday introduced a new geolocation feature that lets users share their locations, The New York Times reports. Called Places, the service allows users to "check in" to a place, allowing friends to see where they are and letting them find nearby friends. Users can also tag friends as being at the place. "This is not a service to broadcast your location at all times," said Places product manager Michael Sharon, "but rather one to share where you are, who you are with, when you want to." Sharon said that users will be able to control who sees their check-ins and remove themselves after being tagged. According to analysts, the company must tread carefully. "Location-aware services, if misused, could...result in catastrophic events." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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