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Facebook wants to be able to show you how close you are to public and free WiFi networks

Facebook wants to help you spend less of your rate while rewarding the more generous locals. Therefore, in the last hours it has begun testing a new way in which we will indicate how close we are establishments that offer Wi-Fi free public around us.

The new feature was discovered by Matt Navarra, Director of Social Media at The Next Web. As usual in this type of evidence of the social network, this new feature has now been launched for a given number of users in specific countries only. Even so, it is expected that if the experiment is successful they will eventually expand it to other countries.

Facebook wants to be able to show you how close you are to public and free WiFi networksSpokespersons for the social network have stated in several media that they will launch this new functionality with the intention of helping people stay connected with friends and experiences that interest them. Beyond marketing, it is postulated as a key utility when we travel to cities that do not know and want to sit for a while to surf the net without destroying our mobile rate.

This option seems to be exclusive to the Facebook mobile application , and can enable in the options menu with a new option called “Enable Find Wi-Fi”. When activating it we will see in a map some points that indicate the zones with free WiFi, and also we will have indicators that show us which sites they are and how much time we would take to arrive.

Facebook will have your location history

No, Facebook has not become altruistic in presenting this option, and indeed this has a back that can be worrisome for the most privacy – conscious. And is that when we enable this feature we will be allowing Facebook to create a history of the precise locations received through your device.

Thus, the social network may better know what areas we move and what local interest us more. That said it does not seem like much, but in the long run it will help them complete our profiles based on the metadata we give them. Come on, more data for them to make cash or on which to base for new advertising services.

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