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This image provided by Facebook shows how users can manually share their location using the “Nearby Friends

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This image provided by Facebook shows how users can manually share their location using the “Nearby Friends" tool. Using your smartphone’s GPS system, Nearby Friends will tell your Facebook friends _ provided they have the feature turned on _ that you are nearby. Unless you manually share your location, as shown here, it will only show that you are in close proximity, say within half a mile. (AP Photo/Facebook)

Facebook launches location-sharing feature 'Nearby Friends' with lots of precautions

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. ...

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