I’m not a Facebook hater; I use the service every day to connect with friends and family members, share photos and links, and keep track of events. I do, however, maintain a very close eye on my privacy settings and am deeply suspicious of Facebook’s handling of my private data. This is why I viewed the idea of Facebook being integrated into iOS 6 with deep pessimism.
Part of this was fueled by the idea of my contacts being overwritten by largely-useless Facebook email addresses. As this Digital Trends article explains, Facebook started assigning users @facebook.com email addresses that were supposed to go into your messages folder. But the system didn’t work right, people didn’t know they had a Facebook email address, and, to make matters worse, they were overwriting legitimate email addresses in contacts.
So, while I definitely wanted an easier way to share links using my iPhone, I definitely did not want my Contacts to be overwhelmed by useless email addresses, or have my calendar loaded up with Facebook events. Yes, I am one of those people who say I’m going to an event just to disable notifications. Sue me.
Luckily, Apple has headed Facebook off at the pass and made it possible to turn off the syncing feature. It even says so right in the sign in page:
To make it even better, once you do sign in to Facebook using iOS 6, the toggle switch to turn off Contacts/Events syncing is right there on the Facebook settings page, and not, say, buried three menus deep in your privacy account in a disused lavatory with a sign that says “Beware of the Leopard.”
Just toggle the switch to “off.” Kudos to Apple for giving their users more control, and easier control, over how their information is shared.