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Now, location check-in social media app Foursquare cracks down on anonymity

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 07:50 hrs

Location check-in app Foursquare is the latest social media service to crack down on anonymity, with users being forced to publicly use their full names from the end of the month.

Foursquare, which allows users to accrue points and rewards for 'checking in' to real world locations via their smartphone, made the announcement as part of changes to its privacy policy.

The announcement follows other controversial privacy policy changes by Facebook and photo sharing site Instagram made in recent weeks, telegraph.com.au reports.

According to the report, currently, lists of Foursquare users checked in at any given location will show their surnames as initials - "John Smith" would appear as "John S.", for example.

However, from January 28 the app will remove that privacy measure to publicly display users' full names next to all their check-ins.

When a user checks in using the app, their physical location is viewable by their Foursquare friends as well as by strangers who have checked in at the same location, the report said.

In its official announcement Foursquare said the change aimed to make the app less confusing, by ensuring all users' were listed in the same way.

According to the report, Foursquare reminded users they can alter their full name and control who sees their check-ins by changing their account settings, the report added. (ANI)




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