Facebook Issues On People Hub? Don’t Blame Your Windows Phone!October 4, 2011 3 Comments
For those of you that find it quite odd that some of your friends status updates aren’t coming through in your people hub, it’s not a Windows Phone thing – its a Facebook issue.
Facebook has set up a few privacy options in your account that control who can see your updates and from where. Well, Facebook has Windows Phone set up as a third party application instead of an official Facebook app so for right now, there is nothing that anyone can do accept for good ol’ Facebook. Unless you can get your friends to change their options to allow 3rd party apps by enabling status updates:
Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites: Edit your settings > How people bring your info to apps they use: Edit your settings”
Here is Microsoft’s official statement on the issue:
“Facebook considers Windows Phone to be a third-party app, rather than an official Facebook app. This means Windows Phone only has access to information that is shared with apps and websites.
Each individual has control over what they share (Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites: Edit your settings > Info accessible through your friends: Edit settings). If someone disables “My status updates,” their friends will be not be able to see the updates in third-party apps. They will, however, show up on the Facebook website and in official Facebook-branded apps. Turning off platform apps entirely makes the user’s whole Facebook profile disappear from Windows Phone.
This can be very annoying, but people should be able to control what they share. The ideal solution would be for Facebook to make Windows Phone an official app. Until that happens, updates from some friends may not appear in the People Hub.”