How To Disable Washington Post Social Reader, WSJ Social, Etc. From Facebook

Posted Nov 21, 2011

Over this past weekend, a lot of people have indicated how they do not like Facebook apps such as Spotify, WSJ Social, and Washington Post Social Reader sharing content without permission. Some people believe that automatically grabbing content that people are reading and listening to on the Internet is ruining sharing.

For example, you may have noticed a post with an awesome headline, but you will not be able to read it unless you install the app. Then when you install the app, you will start sharing automatically when you read content on that news website.

“I don?t want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs showing every link I clicked on. If I read a post that has a great headline and turns out to be utter garbage, you?re going to see that in my feed. You might be tempted to click it because it has an interesting headline and you think I am somehow recommending it. When that happens, the purveyor of that particular piece of crap has been unjustly rewarded,” wrote Ed Bott on his blog.

If you want to learn how to disable these apps after they get installed, here is a list of steps: Click on “Account Settings” from the drop-down arrow at the top right of your Facebook page. Then select “Apps.” Scroll down to the app that you want to disable such as the Washington Post Social Reader:

You can either remove the app entirely from that link on the top right of the app settings. You can also select who you want to share the content with on your News Feed. In my settings, I have Custom selected, but you can always change it to Public, Friends, specific lists, etc. If you only want it to appear on your own feed, select Custom and select Only Me.