Facebook Disconnect: A Chrome Extension That Stops Facebook Snooping


I suppose I might be considered a bit of a social media Luddite, but I use Facebook primarily as a way of interacting with my “real life” friends. I try to keep it separate from the other stuff that I do on the web, and I don’t really like the way that Facebook is trying to gather information about my activities online via Facebook Connect. If you’re like me, and would prefer Faceboook not know about your every move, you might like Facebook Disconnect. It’s an extension for Chrome (s goog) that does pretty much exactly what you’d expect given its name: stops websites from reporting back to Facebook via Facebook Connect.

The extension blocks all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers, which keeps Facebook from gathering any data about your browsing activity on those sites, but (unlike some other Facebook Connect blocking tools) it doesn’t stop you using Facebook itself.

Facebook Disconnect can be downloaded from the Google Chrome Extensions repository. The developer (Googler Brian Kennish) says he plans on adding an omnibox icon to indicate when blocking is occurring, and that, as the extension was built in just one day, there may still be some bugs in it, although I’ve yet to find any (and the commenters on the extension’s home page all seem pretty happy, too). Note that the extension can break third-party apps on Faceboook itself.

(Via Download Squad)

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Facebook Connect is really only a problem for people who insist on being logged into Facebook 24/7…


The Internet is like a smart ‘dark-alley’ that can come and get you anytime, anywhere. Facebook is people. Two generations of children now think it is perfectly acceptable to post their name and age for the world to see. An asynchronous relationship emerges.

The black hats, who trade databases about people, look at Facebook and see a trove of human-engineering facts. In the days before Television and Radio, con men used logic and human-engineering to make a living, and developed networks and psychologies about how to manipulate the sheep.

It all boils down to who the crocodile gets.


Saying “if you would prefer Facebook to not know about your every move” is inaccurate and irresponsible. It implies the privacy issues with Facebook are much larger than they actually are. No web site has the ability to “know about your every move.” Implying that Facebook can do this is thick-headed at best and fearmongering at worst.

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