Facebook was reported to track its users’ activities on the web, including those in the United States. If you’re not comfortable with this, here’s how you can stop it. According to CNET‘s previous report, Facebook was confirmed to surprisingly have a vast reach, allowing it to track people in different places on the internet.
The report explained that Facebook has been receiving user data from the Ring doorbell app for Android devices, through third-party trackers. It’s just one of the apps that provides Facebook with sensitive data. Security researchers discovered that menstrual tracking apps were providing the sensitive information to Facebook, including other health apps. However, the giant tech company defended the sharing of data from the apps, saying that it is industry standard practice.
Because of Facebook Pixel, the company had been criticized by lawmakers for its expansive tracking activities. The tool is named as “Facebook Pixel” because its size is comparable to a pixel, making it unnoticeable on the webpage. This feature allows Facebook to have the information of the user whenever they visit a website, as well as the time they spent and what their activities were.
This includes the info about what item they purchase from the page. The report confirmed that Facebook Pixel was discovered hidden on at least 8.4 million websites across the internet surface. It was also explained that Facebook can still track your web activity even when your account is deactivated. This allows it to have an idea of what ads will be most relevant to you when you reactivate your account.
How to use Facebook’s “Off-Facebook Activity”
Facebook has been making innovations to address ist users’ concerns. Aside from the company’s “Clear History” button, which allows users to delete their history, it has also launched the new “Off-Facebook Activity” feature. This will allow you to make sure that your online history isn’t a continuous chore by turning off future tracking, giving you less hassle to keep cleaning your data on Facebook.
However, the company clarified that although its new tools will prevent data-tracking online, it won’t stop businesses and advertisers from sending ads to your account, which are based on other factors such as contact information. The report explained that users can still prevent ads from coming by turning off “Ads based on data from partners” option, located at “Ad Controls.”
option, located at “Ad Controls.”
The user can see what information websites and apps have sent to Facebook by going to “Facebook’s business tools.” Once you have located it you can now turn off future “off-Facebook activity,” as well as clear the information from your account.
You can also control the feature from all websites and apps, allowing you to prevent them from sending your search activity information to Facebook. Follow these steps accordingly to do so; Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information > Off-Facebook Activity.
Once you clear your web search activity using the tool, Facebook will also delete your identifying information that the websites and apps share, allowing you to prevent Facebook from knowing which websites have you visited. This will stop businesses from sending targeted ads from those sites. You can also control the ads sent to you by going to Facebook’s “Settings” and then choosing the “Ad Preferences” option.