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Is Facebook's Messenger Stalking You?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Facebook stalking just got a whole lot easier. Thanks to a new Chrome extension, users’ locations can be tracked through Facebook Messenger.

A Harvard student, Aran Khanna, created the Marauders Map extension. Simply download it in the Chrome browser, and follow your Internet friends’ real life movements.

According to Khanna’s blog post on Medium:

“…I didn't realize how much data about me Messenger was revealing to the people I chatted with until last week when I began tinkering with my message history.

As you may know, when you send a message from the Messenger app there is an option to send your location with it. What I realized was that almost every other message in my chats had a location attached to it, so I decided to have some fun with this data.”

What is particularly distressing is that Khanna was able to track the movements of people he was not even friends with on Facebook.

Facebook has since asked Khanna to remove the extension, and he has complied. That’s probably because he is about to start a summer internship with the social media giant.

Don’t want Messenger to track you? This tutorial will show you how to opt out.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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