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Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

timothy posted about 6 months ago | from the all-twinkies-and-trucks-for-me dept.

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mpicpp (3454017) writes Facebook users who are annoyed by the targeted ads that pop up in their News Feed will soon have more control over what they see. Like Google, Facebook collects all kinds of information on its users and uses that information to serve up targeted ads. For some people, especially privacy advocates, it seemed a little creepy to have a social network tracking a user's activity and then using that data to sell them stuff. On Thursday, Facebook announced that users will soon be able to opt out of that targeted ad system through controls in their Web browser and iOS and Android phones. Facebook will also show users what information they have collected about them and let them edit the kinds of ads they want to see. If someone is confused about why they are seeing an ad for P.F. Chang's, for example, they can simply click on "Why am I seeing this ad?"

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But they're still collecting your data. (5, Insightful)

ITEM-3 (3348273) | about 6 months ago | (#47224325)

So really, nothing's changed.

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (4, Interesting)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 6 months ago | (#47224475)

Yes it has. They're appearing to be doing something about protecting privacy, so they don't get sued/fined in countries where they have real privacy laws.

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47226825)

Not to troll, but you really believe Facebook is doing something good here? So the ads bother you but not them collected data, which has been rumored to collect data about you while you browse other web sites after your logged in or out of Facebook! And by the way, how many times have we heard this opt out bulls**t only to find out their really is no opt out, your only 'option' is to try and limit their attempts to collect data or send you targeted ads!

Your post makes things sound like there all better, we can surf the web knowing Facebook isn't going to completely flood you with targeted ads when you log onto their site.

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (5, Informative)

bhcompy (1877290) | about 6 months ago | (#47224557)

Actually, things have changed. As part of this announcement they also announced that they will be digging through your browser history in order to provide more targeted ads, rather than just mining what you do through their website and websites that track for them

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (3, Funny)

sh00z (206503) | about 6 months ago | (#47224641)

Actually, things have changed. As part of this announcement they also announced that they will be digging through your browser history in order to provide more targeted ads, rather than just mining what you do through their website and websites that track for them

At last, a reason to keep Opera on my computer.

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224699)

Same for Google. They have no problem selling your data off to anyone with a few bucks. You are the product.

Re:But they're still collecting your data. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47227275)

Facebook permanently blocks your account unless you give them your phone number and photo ID.
FUCK facebook.
Move the hell on.

Will they hide the "X" icons again? (3, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 6 months ago | (#47224337)

Facebook is notorious for making the "opt out" icons invisible until you mouse over them. Opting out in Facebook is like playing one of those old Flash games where you mouse around the screen, trying to find the hot spot that will accept a click. Are they going to do that again?

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (2)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 6 months ago | (#47224433)

Opting out in Facebook is like playing one of those old Flash games where you mouse around the screen, trying to find the hot spot that will accept a click.

At first I thought you wrote "Flesh games", but realized the rest of the sentence makes sense either way. (Gotta get my Dyslexia checked and, obviously, cut down on the 4chan.)

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224457)

Or not work at all. I turned off "Auto-Play Videos" but a couple months later they started doing it again even though the option is still turned off.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (4, Informative)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | about 6 months ago | (#47224539)

Opting out in Facebook is like playing one of those old Flash games where you mouse around the screen, trying to find the hot spot that will accept a click. Are they going to do that again?

Doubtful, since this isn't actually "opting out" of anything.

From TFA:

Facebook will also show users what information they have collected about them and let them edit the kinds of ads they want to see.

In other words, this is mostly a system for you to tell Facebook what you want to see. You're not actually getting rid of ads, but rather giving Facebook MORE personal information to tailor them to you. Again from TFA:

[Users] can see why they are seeing that particular advertisement and remove entire ad categories, like restaurants, from showing up in their News Feed. [snip] Opting out of the targeted ad system does not mean a user will see less ads -- the ads will just not be targeted towards them.

This isn't really "opting out." It's allowing you to give Facebook more information about yourself to Facebook so it can better target the ads it shows you.

Essentially, it's Facebook saying, "Gee, we haven't gathered enough personal info from you already, so we'll let you tell us more explicitly, rather than gleaning it from your 'likes' and posts. This will give us more ad revenue because we won't waste as much time showing you stuff you really don't want to see, thereby increasing our click-through rate on ads."

Why would Facebook hide this feature? It's not getting rid of anything. It's obviously designed to increase the efficiency of their ad delivery system, which will probably increase ad revenue.

(And yes, it seems like theoretically you could "opt-out" of ALL personalized ads, in which case it's likely the random stuff Facebook will show you will be even weirder and more annoying than it already is, since it will have no relationship to your potential interests whatsoever.)

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (3, Insightful)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | about 6 months ago | (#47224675)

What I said in my previous post is verified in Facebook's actual press release [fb.com] . If you watch the video, this is what the guy says:

You can make adjustments to the types of ads you see. To tell us how you feel about an ad, just click the top right corner of the ad, and click or tap on "Why am I seeing this ad?" From there you can learn more about the ad and update your preferences. The number of ads you see won't change, but because we'll know more about what you like, they'll be more relevant.

That's the whole point of this. It isn't mainly for people to opt-out of targeted advertising. It's Facebook asking you to help them in targeting their ads better.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225083)

> Doubtful, since this isn't actually "opting out" of anything.

Oh, but you are opting out of something. You are opting out of being reminded that they are tracking you.

That is the way it is for all of these "opt outs" not just facebook, but google, and microsoft and everybody else too. It's the "ignorance is bliss" option.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (1)

rtb61 (674572) | about 6 months ago | (#47226663)

That really wont work either. What if the majority of people decide they only want to see pretty holiday ads as definite break for the dull routine of a regular working day. Doesn't mean they will just go on all those holidays they'll just breath a sign of relief as they day dream about them. Now what about all the other advertisers that have been cancelled out of existence, will they pay Facebook not for ads but just for being considered for ads by users. They are all still avoiding the major issue, the high cost of reviewing all content and aligning the adds to that content, the more realistic marketing solution. Instead they continue to push the marketing lie, targeting ads at what people wanted yesterday and not at what they want tomorrow and that is the current reality of what they are doing now, although they claim the exact opposite.

How often are reports of what websites the adds appeared on, how often and at what times. What control do the advertisers have over which web site included and which are excluded. What control can web sites have over which ads they allow, when they allow that ad regardless of any lie put forward they are in fact promoting that product or service. With targeted ads, are the advertisers advised that the targeted individual has already bought the product marketed and the advertiser is basically paying for nothing.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (1)

Znork (31774) | about 6 months ago | (#47227431)

The whole personalized ads gimmick is a worthless exercise for exactly the reasons you mention. From a marketing view, knowing that someone is interested in something is irrelevant compared to knowing when someone is interested in something. That is why it's much better to target contents rather than viewers, when someone is browsing a content then they're actually interested in related things at that point in time.

Facebook is the creepy salesguy sitting down at your table and trying to sell you something when your chatting with friends in a pub. Compared that with the guy coming up to you're browsing hi-fi stuff in a mall and suggesting you look at this amplifier, etc. Temporal targeting; without it you're just wasting time and money.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224579)

Opting out in Facebook is like playing one of those old Flash games where you mouse around the screen

Literally. You can't adjust the privacy settings without enabling Flash.

Facebook is doing nothing to protect your privacy, just if they use the information they gather about you (both on Facebook and on every other site you visit which references Facebook) to show you targeted ads or not.

Mark Zuckerberg is a douchebag.

If you're running Chrome, install HTTP Switchboard, and just block all traffic from Facebook.

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (1)

phrostie (121428) | about 6 months ago | (#47226595)

to opt out at facebook add the following line to your hosts file:

127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com

Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (2)

ShakaUVM (157947) | about 6 months ago | (#47227877)

>Opting out in Facebook is like playing one of those old Flash games where you mouse around the screen, trying to find the hot spot that will accept a click.

Copying Windows 8's UI, no doubt.

I'm already opting out using my browser... (2)

BenFenner (981342) | about 6 months ago | (#47224341)

opt out of that targeted ad system through controls in their Web browser and iOS and Android phones

Through controls in the browser? How about through controls in the Facebook user interface?

you can do one better (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224347)

Better solution: don't opt out of the targeted ads. Opt out of Facebook entirely.

The business model of harvesting personal data for profit succeeds only with the cooperation of the public. Stop cooperating, and it'll stop working.

Re:you can do one better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224465)

But.. but.. then how will people LIKE me?

Re:you can do one better (1)

Entropius (188861) | about 6 months ago | (#47224489)

Social networks are useful. It's about time we wrote and popularized a distributed one, hosted on our own machines rather than dependent on some group of folks to whom we are products, not customers.

Re:you can do one better (3, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 6 months ago | (#47224731)

Social networks are useful. It's about time we wrote and popularized a distributed one, hosted on our own machines rather than dependent on some group of folks to whom we are products, not customers.

Diaspora is dead, dude - just get over it.

Re:you can do one better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47226409)

It's very much alive, actually.

Re:you can do one better (1)

228e2 (934443) | about 6 months ago | (#47224763)

Please. Go right ahead. You wont last nearly as long as FB has because things cost money
Oh boo hoo, you have to suffer through a few ads to use something for free. I guess everyone forgot or was not around for the first 5+ years of ad free FB.
If you want to leave your personal information off of facebook then GET OFF OF FACEBOOK. Don't cry like entitled children because I am sure no one here works for free.

Re:you can do one better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225099)

You are a dick. The AC you are flaming was certainly not "crying like entitled children" because he specifically advocated a solution that doesn't require anything of facebook.

Re:you can do one better (3, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 6 months ago | (#47225121)

Social networks are useful. It's about time we wrote and popularized a distributed one, hosted on our own machines rather than dependent on some group of folks to whom we are products, not customers.

Email lists.

All the more reason to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224361)

...use AdBlock Plus. :)

Re:All the more reason to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224857)

Adblock Edge is better, plus sold out.

Re:All the more reason to... (1)

penix1 (722987) | about 6 months ago | (#47225865)

And if you MUST use Facebook then add in F.B. Purity to really clean up the mess and not see any ads on Facebook (as well as other useless shit)..

http://www.fbpurity.com/ [fbpurity.com]

Is this Do Not Track, or something else? (1)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 6 months ago | (#47224363)

The way the article is worded, it sounds like Facebook is merely using the Do Not Track header. However, from what I understand, they already honor Do Not Track and are one of the few websites that do. Is this merely teaching their users how to enable DNT, or are they planning some other browser-based solution specifically for Facebook?

Re:Is this Do Not Track, or something else? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224415)

From some link-diving, it looks like they are going to honor the list these guys [aboutads.info] compile about people who are sick of seeing ads for things they've already bought.

Re:Is this Do Not Track, or something else? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47228179)

The waste of bandwidth that DNT is is still a thing?

Why am I seeing this ad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224381)

"Because we were paid good money to show it to you. Now quit whining."

Stalking ads (3, Interesting)

jones_supa (887896) | about 6 months ago | (#47224385)

What I see quite commonly these days are "stalking" ads. I watch some products and when I navigate to other sites, advertisements for those products haunt me absolutely everywhere.

Re:Stalking ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224421)

So why load the ads? You don't *have* to. It's your computer, you know.

Re:Stalking ads (1)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 6 months ago | (#47224481)

Sometimes, you do "have to" load ads. Take any Android-based tablet (Nexus 7) for example.

Google has actively blocked the installation of Flash on Android since at least 4.0. Supposedly, it's a security "fix", but it has the side-effect of forcing people to view YouTube videos in their app. Unlike Firefox Mobile, which can have Adblock Plus installed on it and thus not show YouTube ads, the YT app can't have ads disabled unless you root your device. Since rooting your device requires a complete wipe of all data, most people aren't willing to do it just to get around advertising.

Re:Stalking ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224565)

Roll back your YouTube install, I did it and I get the old experience back (which was better anyway) and no ads

Re:Stalking ads (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 months ago | (#47224693)

You may not know this ... but you can side-load AdblockPlus onto Android simply by turning on the feature to enable installation from other sources.

You need to set it as your proxy on each individual wi-fi connection, and it doesn't catch everything, sadly.

But my Nexus 7 has AdBlock on it. My iPod touch, not so much. But, in fairness, I don't watch YouTube videos, so I have no idea of the specifics for that.

Since rooting your device requires a complete wipe of all data, most people aren't willing to do it just to get around advertising.

And, quite frankly, because it's the kind of thing that isn't easy to do. I've looked at the instructions several times, and I must say I've always found myself thinking "I'm not sure I follow all of that".

Re:Stalking ads (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#47224453)

No mom, I have no idea why we keep getting these popups for Astroglide. Can we please get back to paying your phone bill?

Re:Stalking ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47226711)

...because the lube is for your mom.

Re:Stalking ads (1)

romco (61131) | about 6 months ago | (#47224563)

Welcome to "remarketing"

Re:Stalking ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224587)

the correct term is retargeting.

Re:Stalking ads (2)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 6 months ago | (#47224575)

The buzzword for this is "retargeting", and it can reportedly be very effective.

To give a somewhat balanced view, like most forms of targeted advertising, it can also be better for the person seeing the ad, in the sense that if they're going to see an ad anyway then it might as well be for something they might actually be interested in.

Personally, I have no moral problem with Facebook showing ads targeted based on the freely declared details and interests of its users. The users chose to provide that information, Facebook is offering its service for free in exchange for showing the ads, everyone knows the deal. Whether you choose to hide those ads some other way is between you and Facebook; we pay for clicks.

However, I find the cross-site tracking a bit too creepy. None of the sites I work on have things like trackable 'like' buttons or retargeting cues, because helping Facebook to covertly track its users around other sites seems to cross a line. Even if it would be a profitable line to cross, I'm not comfortable with imposing that on our visitors without some sort of explicit consent, which almost by definition isn't going to be practical in this kind of situation.

Re:Stalking ads (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 months ago | (#47224617)

What I see quite commonly these days are "stalking" ads. I watch some products and when I navigate to other sites, advertisements for those products haunt me absolutely everywhere.

So the solution to that, sadly, is to run several different browsers for various purposes.

My Facebook account is a made up name, and only accessed in a browser which only ever visits Facebook. AdBlock and Ghostery block the unwanted crap (they couldn't show me an ad if they wanted).

All my other browsers basically reject traffic from Facebook, only selectively allow scripts, and never overlap with Facebook. Facebook has no way of tying my web searches to my Facebook account.

Crap like Google Analytics is blocked at the firewall.

I don't see ads, and as much as possible I deny the information from them in the first place.

I'm sure it's not a perfect solution by a long shot, but it helps.

Re:Stalking ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225197)

Do you have any friends on Facebook? Do any of them have you in their address book with your FB name and your real phone number? Have any of them tagged your real name in a picture then later changed it to your profile name? Hiding from online databases is extremely difficult. You don't control all the sources of data about you.

Re:Stalking ads (1)

akozakie (633875) | about 6 months ago | (#47226177)

Yeah, been there, seen that. Yes, I googled for a stationary bike. Guess what, I bought it. No matter how many times you show me an ad, I'm not going to buy another (at least until this one breaks).

I do not have a Facebook account, but I'm sceptical about targeting. Not just because I'm allergic to stalking (I might be). Just because I've seen it and it doesn't work. I mean Youtube.

I have to clean some youtube cookies every couple of weeks. I view sufficiently different content, that the algorithms they use simply backfire. As my browser window shows more and more "chosen for you" videos, I see less and less things I might want to view. I'm beginning to thing I'm really that atypical, since the things they pick are usually completely uninteresting to me, although I can probably retrace the reasoning behind the choice.

I have no idea if FB ads work the same way, but the ability to set "do not target" seems nice. Not nicer than not having an account and periodic cookie cleansing though.

Targeted? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224391)

The problem I see with so called targeted ads is that they are not targeted, only annoying. So the fact that I put "single" on my relationship status does not mean I want to see 4 ads for online dating sites. If online dating worked, I'd not be single, would I? Goes for a lot of other type of ads too, obviously. So I've started to "sub"-consciously block out ads - so even ones that would interest me, I usually overlook.

The other thing with ads is that I never EVER click on them. For the few instances where one does in fact interest me, I mouse-over and look at the target URL. Then I open a new window and type it in. well, maybe it still shows up on some statistic....

Re:Targeted? (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 6 months ago | (#47224479)

The other thing with ads is that I never EVER click on them.

Perhaps the way to "solve" this is for everyone to click on all the ads, all the time, polluting their database. But I don't know, I don't have a FB account...

Re:Targeted? (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 6 months ago | (#47224591)

For the few instances where one does in fact interest me, I mouse-over and look at the target URL. Then I open a new window and type it in.

You're certainly not alone in that. When I've seen Facebook campaigns running, it's not unusual to have a spike in visits originating directly from Facebook but also spikes in direct traffic and in visits via a search engine looking for the name of the product/company/whatever.

Re:Targeted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224753)

If online dating worked, I'd not be single, would I?
 
Based on what? Your single point of data means nothing to anyone except you. Maybe you're just a jerk and you don't realize it yet. It happens a lot more often than what most people think. You're acting like you're an authority on online dating via experience. If that's true then I'd take it that the ad is targeted at the right person as you're an obvious online-dating junkie. If you're not then you shouldn't have anything to say about the services out there.
 
I swear people like you think nothing through.

Already stopped using FB for the most part (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224399)

Only used it for playing games

Won't miss it when it's gone

Which should be by 2020 at the latest

New Facebook slogan... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 6 months ago | (#47224407)

"Don't be Google".

Fake your data (5, Interesting)

Zed Pobre (160035) | about 6 months ago | (#47224419)

I discovered that if you fake your birthplace, workplace, and university to a country which doesn't primarily use Roman lettering, you get an advertisement bar mostly consisting of completely unintelligible script. It's almost as good as an ad-blocker.

If I ever get free time, I may go back and poke more at that script I started which takes random public Facebook and Twitter posts, feeds them into dadadodo, and then posts them as hidden to everyone except a list that only has fake alternate Facebook accounts in it.

We can't stop them from gathering data, but we can chaff it so badly that it's worthless.

Re:Fake your data (1)

Ksevio (865461) | about 6 months ago | (#47225303)

But then you're also making facebook useless for you/your friends.

You could just stop using it in which case they wouldn't be able to collect data as easily and you wouldn't have to do the extra work.

Re:Fake your data (2)

Zed Pobre (160035) | about 6 months ago | (#47226321)

Both statements are incorrect. The only people who will ever see the fake posts are the fake accounts and the tracking code, and what you have down for physical location is really irrelevant for people communicating with you online. If they're actually friends, they'll know what's false or flatly implausible.

As for the second statement, avoiding Facebook does not prevent your name and photos of you from being placed on it by other people. Unless you are religiously using RequestPolicy or Ghostery or some such, it will not prevent Facebook from seeing when your IP address hits pages with Facebook buttons on it, and then buying IP to probable identity information from another broker who has the information from someone else you have done business with.

It's too late to prevent the world from tracking you, but it's not too late to screw with the data.

Re:Fake your data (1)

Ksevio (865461) | about 6 months ago | (#47226669)

. If they're actually friends, they'll know what's false or flatly implausible.

But isn't the point of putting the information up to inform the people that wouldn't know what's false? Making the assumption that putting information up is useful, you're not gaining the use out of that if you put false information up.

Re:Fake your data (2)

Zed Pobre (160035) | about 6 months ago | (#47227311)

I never saw any point to that location information at all, actually. Facebook as a means of performing mass interactive communication with a social group at least has utility. City location isn't precise enough to have people come visit or uniquely identify someone with a common name.

Re:Fake your data (1)

Grow Old Timber (1071718) | about 6 months ago | (#47229433)

Exactly fool with the data click on EVERY ad. Overload the system? Remember the little cards that are stuffed into magazines? One comedian said "stop complaining about it and send them in with a note telling them exactly what you think, it doesn't cost anything right?" So I did that for a few months and it made me feel a LOT better.

Re:Fake your data (1)

antdude (79039) | about 6 months ago | (#47226873)

I always fake my data. Facebook hates it so much that I got kicked off after a few weeks. :(

opt-out of untargeted ads (4, Interesting)

Unordained (262962) | about 6 months ago | (#47224423)

I'd like to opt out of the untargeted ads. I don't so much mind relevant, possibly-useful advertising -- I don't feel like it wastes my time so much, or even, in a way, creepily insinuates I would be interested in things I'm totally not. As long as the targeted advertising is done right, I'd rather have it. The more accurate such advertising gets, the more value-per-print it can generate, and therefore the less overall advertising will be required to sustain the "free" services we use. One well-chosen ad is worth dozens of spammy ones.

Or ... could we get the big advertising systems to allow us to pay them, centrally, to remove ads across all the sites they print on? And have them just forward a portion of the money to the sites themselves, just as they would have paid them to print an equivalent number of ads, while serving me nothing but 1px placeholders?

Re:opt-out of untargeted ads (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225045)

Problem I noticed with targeted ads is that they were almost all for things I just purchased online. These ads follow me until I buy something else. Targeted ads are ok but this pissed me off more than random ads considering they DO catch your attention, while you are trying to do something else. I quickly installed ad block again after a while of this. I can ignore random crap but I can't ignore pictures of stuff I really like.

Re:opt-out of untargeted ads (1)

GauteL (29207) | about 6 months ago | (#47228347)

"The more accurate such advertising gets, the more value-per-print it can generate, and therefore the less overall advertising will be required to sustain the "free" services we use. One well-chosen ad is worth dozens of spammy ones."

That is just frighteningly naive. Surely you understand that more value-per-print does not mean less advertising, but simply more profit?

Re:opt-out of untargeted ads (1)

Unordained (262962) | about 6 months ago | (#47229661)

Competition. Invisible Hand. Selective pressure from consumers who don't want a site with 80% screen real-estate devoted to ads, and subconsciously choose to spend their time on sites with (for whatever reason) fewer, better ads.
There are obviously limits and pressures already at play, or every site would be nothing but a wall of ads, because "more profit."

Awesome quote there (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 6 months ago | (#47224445)

For some people, especially privacy advocates, it seemed a little creepy to have a social network tracking a user's activity and then using that data to sell them stuff.

What else do you think a social network is going to do? Unless you're paying to be a member, it's naive to think the won't sell your data.

Facebook tracking... (2)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about 6 months ago | (#47224459)

Just to be explicit about it... when Facebook speaks of tracking users, Facebook means that they track your activities not only on Facebook, but also other non-Facebook sites. If you see a Facebook "like" button on a site, there's a very good probability that your activity on that site is reported back to Facebook.

.
imo, Ghostery [ghostery.com] is very helpful in this scenario.

Re:Facebook tracking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225025)

ok, so use a different advertising company's (facebook is essentially an advertising company and data broker) product to prevent tracking used for targeting ads? fuck that. adblock + easylist + social + noscript with a tuned whitelist.

Re:Facebook tracking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225123)

Ghostery is just opt in marketing using a browser plugin that removes their competitors ads.

Re:Facebook tracking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225487)

Fine by me. Opt-in is 1000% better than opt-out.

Google tracking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225249)

Google tracking is much worse. What site out there does not use googleapis

Don't need to... (2)

bswarm (2540294) | about 6 months ago | (#47224497)

Adblock, NotScripts, and Ghostery on Chrome takes care of it all.

Re:Don't need to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225769)

Adblock Plus all by itself takes care of the ads. I never see ads on Facebook. I don't know how cell phone browsers work, but on your own PC there is no excuse not to have Adblock Plus installed. Seriously, it makes this new announcement is completely irrelevant.

Yo Dawg! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224505)

I See you want to opt of targeted Ads, Facebook wonders if we could interest you in purchasing this ad block software only $9.99 and All your personal information.

Hog wash!! (1)

Obscene_CNN (3652201) | about 6 months ago | (#47224523)

If you want to opt out you have to enable accepting ALL FIRST AND ALL THIRD PARTY COOKIES!!!! Why should we have to make ourselves vulnerable to every other tracking network just to opt out of theirs? Why don't they just honor the do not track flag in your browser? I'll tell you why they are going to track you like it or not. If not through their system they will do it through a shell company.

Meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224573)

Facebook ad blocker plugin does the same thing.

The only thing I see is when Facebook places fake "your friend likes this" , when I know damn well they didn't and I click "Hide all from......."

I also NEVER play games on FB, NEVER do "What.xyz.. are you quizzes" etc, and keep what I post for friends and family to the minimum.

Ads on Facebook? Really? (1)

Bruce66423 (1678196) | about 6 months ago | (#47224595)

Adblocker plus on Firefox = no ads EASY!

Re:Ads on Facebook? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224877)

Replace with Adblock Edge instead.

Re:Ads on Facebook? Really? (1)

CauseBy (3029989) | about 6 months ago | (#47226739)

Yep. So far I've never seen an ad on Facebook. I don't know if I'd use it if I did, but I might be willing to pay one dollar a month for it.

Why am I seeing this ad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224597)

If someone is confused about why they are seeing an ad for P.F. Chang's, for example, they can simply click on "Why am I seeing this ad?"

Q: Why am I seeing this ad?
A: Your credit card details were stolen a few weeks ago, please call your bank.

adblock (2)

Xicor (2738029) | about 6 months ago | (#47224859)

ive been using adblock for years.... facebook has more ads that it blocks than any other website ive seen.

Re:adblock (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224929)

This is indeed the best option to opt out of all targeted (and non-targeted) ads. Just block them, don't even load them!

I don't want an opt-out, just not reverse-hits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47224931)

Since they'll be collecting my info anyway, I don't care for an opt out, and targeted ads are better than random ads for the ignorant masses. What I really want is a way to flag offensive shit and reverse-hits. For example, if you bitch about how crappy and disgusting fast food is, you'll immediately get ads for McDonalds. I just want to be able to flag some of them as "do not show me shit like this", or "I find this disgusting/offensive". In effect, it would give me better control over the targeted ads, rather than relying on shitty algorithms.

F.B. Purity (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 6 months ago | (#47225013)

Facebook Purity - now "F.B. Purity" or "Fluff Busting Purity" is the answer for me.

Socially speaking, my friends and family are holding the Facebook gun to my head. If I want to show up on game night and not be the odd man out, I need to respond to event invites. If I want to invite my friends to things, I need to invite them there. It's *the* calendar management app for them.

A while ago, people stopped sharing actual photos on Facebook, and started sharing and endless stream of eGreetings and "my politics are better than yours" pictures. I wanted to actually see photos of my relatives and their kids. ...but the signal/noise ratio was too much.

FB Purity solved my problem.

I don't see shared photos.
I don't see ads.
I don't see trending topics.
I see posts chronologically.
I get to hit "enter" without posting.

FB is back to tolerable.

but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225031)

what is facebook?

Private Window FTW (1)

IwantToKeepAnon (411424) | about 6 months ago | (#47225189)

I only ever browse FB in a firefox private window with script/ad/flash block and ghostery. Then I logoff FB and close the private window. On andriod I use TinFoil for FB.

Re:Private Window FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47227099)

this.

and for extra tinfol layers i run it under a sandbox which is deleted once the browser closes

I did one better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225261)

...I opted out of facebook.

ad-block (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47225419)

I'd like to see website replace all adverts blocked by adblock with large flashing text saying "Hey, it costs us money to provide this service. The least you could do it let us show you some ads"

Unless you're on websites that decent advertising companies wont support (porn/pirating/etc) then i generally find ads to be - static, silent and not in the way.

There is absolutely NO REASON to use adblock on facebook. Their ads do not get in the way at all.
What's worse is when people operate a white list for website over a black list. Imagine you're doing some research for something, I dunno your computer isn't computering correctly. So off you go to google, you type in your problem and a forum pops up with your exact answer. OK done. But because you operate a white list that site, which you used and probably wont ever visit again and therefore wont be on your whitelist, didn't get a chance to show you any ads when you loaded the page. You probably wont visit again and chances are that site gets most of its hits from people "just passing through"

TLDR: People who use adblocks are dicks. There are companies offering you stuff "for free" you literally don't have to pay a thing. Yet you still insist on not giving back to the despite the fact it doesn't effect you in anyway.

How do I opt in? (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 6 months ago | (#47225439)

Looking at the ads on facebook, they seem to be doing a remarkably bad job of targeting.

Because I'm in Germany, they're all in German. The fact that I post in English and most of my friends live in England doesn't seem to be a factor in targeting. The first ad is something to do with football of BASF (are they sponsoring the world cup or something?) I also get an online casino and an ad for Law and Order DVDs.

If they were actually something that might tempt me I'd be a lot happier. Unlike most people, I don;t feel tricked if I'm sold something I want. I want it! Even if I wasn't aware of this fact beforehand. As it is, I just get a bunch of ads for things I'm not interested in which helps neither of us.

targeted ads (1)

issicus (2031176) | about 6 months ago | (#47225679)

I think it's funny how often these 'targeted ads' show me the exact thing I was just looking at. Seeing something I just looked at doesn't really make me want to buy it more.

Excellent... (1)

Kazoo the Clown (644526) | about 6 months ago | (#47226843)

I wonder if I can get it configured to serve me really weird ads for ultra-obscure products. Himalayan llamas. Voodoo dolls. Chastity belts. Or maybe illegal products. Rhino horn. Brass knuckles. Poisonous snakes. I might actually read a few ads like that. Probably wouldn't buy anything though.

Facebook alternative needed Someone invent it... (1)

Grow Old Timber (1071718) | about 6 months ago | (#47227103)

It seems Facebook has become too big for it's own good. Needs revenue for it's stock price? But maybe there is an alternative I haven't discovered. Do you know of anything remotely similar? Meanwhile here is my personal reply to them regarding the "privacy" under their comments option; I am going to have to turn off facebook because I do not want you serving me ads based on my browsing habits. How much money do your shareholders need anyway? Maybe if I can convince enough people to "like" my rant I can start a movement to DUMP facebook for ANYTHING else. You are replaceable. Someone will build a better system that you can't buy. So don't Blow it FaceBook, Back off my browser bookmarks/history!

Ads? (3, Insightful)

spasm (79260) | about 6 months ago | (#47227213)

Facebook has ads? Or rather, there are people out there who still don't have adblock installed?

old? (1)

Tom (822) | about 6 months ago | (#47228009)

Hm, I already have full control over ads on Facebook. It's called AdBlock Edge.

Facebook Ads Suck For Both Sides (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47228109)

It's funny on all the posts about Facebook Advertising or Google Advertising (AdWords) I usually expect someone on here to post about their use of it as a business owner but no one ever does.

Anyway, I've used about $300 worth of Facebook advertising personally (I only paid $30 myself, the rest was given free because I have like 9 godaddy accounts and hundreds of domains), and I can say that it is absolutely atrocious. There are numerous articles you can google for that basically say that advertising on FB is a scam. It's not FB doing it but they ARE letting it happen. You can target very very specifically like people age 30-40 in Manhatten and San Franisco that are interested in business and you will still get the same crap which is usually 50 clicks from the same 3 IP addresses milliseconds apart and they stay on your page for 1ms. Right, just a quick human... But yeah, I've tried tons of variations on FB advertising (mostly because I wanted to use up my free credits on it anyway) and it's all useless seriously. I don't care for myself but for a legitimate business, say a small time piano teacher or something, if they advertise on Facebook it's largely a waste and I feel bad for those people. (You can watch a few YouTube videos where people tested many different FB ads and dug in deep to the reasons why it's so scammy. Mainly click farms in India that use fake accounts and click EVERYTHING, I can't remember the reasons why.)

I don't personally use Facebook at all and never have, but I think people should use Adblock as suggested because Facebook doesn't deserve the revenues it gets at least how it's doing business now. Anyway just thought I'd give my viewpoint as someone that actually has used FB advertising.

Facebook is for dumbasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47228253)

Facebook is for dumbasses.

Anyone using it is a moron.

Discussion over.

Fucknut company (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47232469)

So they create a playground for the nsa and cia and fbi and every lawyer on the planet and sell everybody's information to advertising corporations, more fucknut companies that want to sell you 2000 calorie pizzas at 2:00 am..

FAIL already

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