I can't feel comfortable installing any Facebook apps because they require a long list of permissions which I feel I should not need to grant. However it's all or nothing, which I means either I allow all or the app doesn't get installed. I find this frustrating and annoying.

Is the list of permissions provided by Facebook by looking at all my public fields or are these what the app actually wants to access by specifying them explicitly?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking about smartphone apps, not the web interface.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 13:35

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The list you are seeing when you install an app on Facebook are what that app specifically requests to use.

The reason that the list is so large on most apps is because most users do not care what information gets shared. If the app creator thinks that the app might use some piece of information in the future from an update, the creator will just add that to the app's list of permissions. With these two things together it doesn't hurt the app creators to add as many permissions as possible to there apps.

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    The problem is that if I don't agree to one of them, specially if I see no reason them needing it, the app doesn't get installed. The All or nothing proposition is flawed. Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 18:50
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    @Tony_Henrich It could screw up the rest of the app if a certain part of it is blocked from being used. Thus the reason it's all or nothing. Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 21:27
  • @Tony_Henrich I agree with the position, but the system is the price of admission. outofmyfacebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/… Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 23:21
  • @Fogest: I will write a new question about this Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 22:33
  • Some of the permissions are optional, and you can remove them later from your account options
    – Midhat
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 16:54

The list that you see before you install Facebook apps, is the list of permissions that the developer of the application wants to get access to. Often the app's developers often request access to more information than the app needs when it is released, usually to avoid having to prompt users later when they add more functionality.

fPrivacy by chadrs was made to redeem exactly this situation. It allows you to choose which permissions to grant to the application. However, for some apps, if you disable certain permissions you might not be able to use the application. If that happens, you can usually just try again.

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