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Facebook Brings Back ‘View As Public’ Feature, Adds New ‘Edit Public Details’ Button

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  • Facebook has made a couple of changes to its app to make it easier for users to manage their publicly visible information
  • Facebook users can directly make changes to information publicly visible on their Facebook profile

Facebook has made a couple of changes to its app to make it easier for users to manage their publicly visible information on Facebook profile. Facebook’s “View As Public” feature has made a comeback. What’s more, Facebook users can directly make changes to information publicly visible on their Facebook profile, courtesy of a new “Edit Public Details” button.

“Today, we're making it easier for people to manage their publicly visible information on Facebook with two updates: (1) we’re bringing back the “View As Public” feature and (2) we’re adding an “Edit Public Details” button directly to profiles,” Facebook said.

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Facebook brings back ‘View As Public’ feature

More than 6 months after it was disabled, Facebook is once again restoring its ‘View As Public’ feature on its platform. If you recall, Facebook temporarily turned off the "view as" feature in September after hackers exploited code associated with the feature to steal "access tokens." These access token could then be used to take control of other’s people's accounts.

What is access tokens?

Access tokens authenticate your login requests. Applications use access tokens to make API calls behalf of a user. Although access tokens are not your passwords, they are crucial as they let users sign in to accounts without needing a password.

Millions of Facebook users were affected by the security breach while many users had their personal information including emails, phone numbers and recent searches on Facebook compromised.

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Facebook adds new ‘Edit Public Details’ button

Facebook has added a new ‘Edit Public Details’ button to help you manage your publicly visible information on your Facebook profile. Once you are inside the option, you can update your profile picture and cover photo. What’s more, you can also update your bio and other details such as where do you work, what city do you live in, etc. You can update up to 5 featured photos and more.

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