Facebook launches Shared Activity plugin for third-party web apps

Facebook today launches the “Shared Activity” plugin for third-party websites to give users more control over the Open Graph actions they’re sharing back on the social network.

The plugin brings the functions of the Timeline activity log to any web app so users can better control what they share and with whom. This new feature might also help create a more universal experience across sites that use Open Graph, which could reduce some users’ concern about these apps. Without this plugin, some apps may have put controls in a different locations, like in a settings window or on the side.

Now, rather than developers designing and creating their own privacy controls, they can implement the Shared Activity plugin with a few lines of code.By creating a more standardized experience, it makes things more familiar for users so they know exactly what to do.

Facebook provided the example of the plugin on sites such as Airbnb. People can set the default Facebook audience for activity shared from an app or manage the settings for stories previously published to Facebook, including selecting a different audience or removing the story altogether.

For more technical documentation, refer to the Facebook developer entry.

 

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