Facebook iPhone App Gets Privacy Update

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 15th, 2010
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Facebook is one of the most popular apps on the iPhone, and as of today it's getting an important privacy update. New in version 3.3.2 is the ability to change your privacy and account settings directly from the app itself. Previously, Facebook users would have to log into Facebook.com in their browser in order to change settings, but those practically prehistoric days are now far behind us.

Actually, we shouldn't get too excited just yet as the requirement to go into the browser hasn't been removed, but rather reworked so it's slightly less cumbersome. Now whenever users pull up their account they'll be presented with the ability to tap a button to chance their privacy and security settings. Once tapped, the app redirects the user to their settings on Facebook.com, allowing them to make and save changes. So even though you still have to go to the website to actually make any changes, at least now you can start the process from the app. Hopefully this will be a springboard to even more streamlined implementation down the road.

The privacy and account settings are really the only noteworthy additions in this update, as the rest of the content is just bug fixes and performance boosts. Sort of an underwhelming update really, with the only new feature only being half-implemented in a process most folks don't use their iPhone for in the first place. Then again, after Facebook's recent slam of Apple's iPad as not truly a mobile device, relations between the two companies might be a bit frosty. Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some sort of major update in Facebook 3.3.3, because with such a nicely numbered update we're well within our rights to expect a major new feature.

[via TUAW]