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In iOS Settings, what do the items listed in Privacy>Facebook control?

If it is green does that mean I am limiting Facebook's access to my data? Or do I need to turn it off to limit Facebook's access? I'm very confused and the screen doesn't help guide you.

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@Buscar웃, this is actually about the built-in iOS support for social media accounts. I will edit to make that more clear. – Alan Shutko Jun 12 '14 at 21:13

Settings->Privacy lists the social accounts that iOS can store info for. If you go into one of them, such as Facebook, you will see a list of individual apps on your phone that want to access those accounts to do the following:

  • Create a network session.
  • Get the activity feed for a user.
  • Make a new post.
  • Set properties on a post, add attachments, etc.
  • Publish a post to an activity feed.

If the toggle next to the app is green, then you have given permission to that app to do these activities. If the toggle is not green, then the app has requested permission, but you have denied it.

It is interesting in that Facebook is also listed as an app looking for Facebook data. This lets it keep using the login and password you've entered if you've shared something on Facebook from another app.

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