Social Media Permissions

This article will cover how our permissions work for the social authorizations that can be associated with the hub: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Disqus. 

The most important thing to note is that  our application will never ever, ever post automatically to any of your profiles. When our application makes a post or change on your behalf, it is because you have specifically agreed to do so within our interface (for example, by clicking Post to Twitter or Join LinkedIn Group). You will always be aware when something is about to be posted and you will always have the opportunity to opt-out or stop from posting. 

Let's get into the details for each platform:


Facebook

What do we ask for? 

When integrating your Facebook account with your advocate account, we ask that you share: your basic contact info (name, profile picture, user ID, and any info you've made "public" on your profile); your email address; and your likes.

We also ask for permission to post to your profile on your behalf. In the hub, this will only happen in events when you specify that you want something posted to your profile. 

We will never ask for permission to access your passwords or direct/private messages. 

What do we do with what you give us?  

Our application's social sign-on allows you to sign into our site using your Facebook account. As such, we require your username, photo, and email address in order to populate your Advocate Profile on our site. We ask for permission to post on your behalf so that the hub can facilitate your participation in a  Share a Link challenge, allowing you to post something to Facebook from the hub.

This screenshot shows you the Influitive's details with your account under the App Settings page on Facebook. After agreeing to associate our application with your Facebook account, you can go to this page to customize and understand how it all works:


LinkedIn

What do we ask for?

Our application asks to access your LinkedIn profile information and email address. We ask for the basic profile information about your 1st and 2nd degree contacts, the ability to post to your LinkedIn network on your behalf, and we also ask for access to your activity in LinkedIn groups. 

What do we do with what you give us? 

As with Facebook, our application's social sign-on allows you to sign into our site using your LinkedIn account. As such, we access your email address and your profile information in order to populate your Advocate Profile on our site, though we do not use all of the profile information available. We also access your connections so that we can provide relevant connections as suggestions for you when you are participating in a Referral Challenge. We allow you to share posts on LinkedIn through when completing the  Share a Link challenge, which requires your express permission, and also allows you to see the appearance of the content before you choose to post it. 


Twitter

What do we ask for?

Twitter's permissions work a bit differently from other social media sites. 

They offer us three different levels of permissions and we must select one to ask for. As a result, our request does ask for permission to update your profile - however, we never actually do. We also ask for the ability to read tweets from your timeline; the ability to see who you follow and thus follow people on your behalf; and post tweets on your behalf.

What do we do with what you give us?

By reading tweets from your timeline, we will eventually be able to give you points based on tweets you've posted that correspond to open challenges in the AdvocateHub. Currently we have not completed this feature, but it is on our roadmap for the future. Similar the the "like on Facebook" stage, We ask to see who you follow and follow people on your behalf so that you can complete the Follow on Twitter challenge stage. We ask for the ability to post tweets on your behalf so that you can choose to post tweets from within our application. We will never do this automatically or without your explicit permission in each case. We will always provide an interface that allows you to see and edit how the tweet will appear if you decide to click "post". 


Disqus

What do we ask for? 

When associating your Disqus account with your AdvocateHub profile, our application request access to your basic profile information, posts that you have made, and the ability to comment on your behalf. Our application does not currently use the comment on your behalf feature, but we will never post anything through your account without your direct permission. 

What do we do with what you give us?

Our Disqus integration is a bit different from what you've read so far, as you are unable to login to our site with your Disqus account. The intention of the integration is to allow our site to see posts and comments that you have made in order to automatically credit you with points for those activities. This integration currently only works for challenges using the Comment on a Disqus Blog challenge stage.

When you post a comment on a blog that's part of a Disqus challenge on our site, we search for your name and comment in the comments section of that blog post. Once we've located your post, you are credited with points. We use our access to your basic profile information (your username and Disqus account name) as well as access to your posts in order to find and verify your participation for the Disqus challenge. We only search for your comments when you've completed the challenge stage by clicking I've left a comment on our site. 

As for commenting on your behalf, we currently do not use this feature of the integration. In the future, we may offer the ability to post comments from within our application. We will never do this automatically or without your explicit permission in each case. We will always provide an interface that allows you to see and edit how the comment will appear if you decide to click post.

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