However, you can avoid the problem by stopping the companies from collecting your data in the first place.
Oddly, this dashboard is the only place to opt out of Facebook ads. The company will still use web tracking to target ads, but it wants to let those who don’t want to be targeted know about this as well. It’s listed among all of the other ad companies because it “lets people who want to opt out to do it in one place rather than going to every website.”
Facebook can provide you with an “opt-out menu” for tracking. It is especially helpful if you are having difficulty opting out of specific ad trackers, like those using your internet activity to show you ads. Through the “Why am I seeing this?” menu, Facebook may point you to individual opt-out pages of other ad trackers.
Yeah, it’s a pain. You have to log into Facebook on every browser, on every computer and phone. But they still track you for security reasons, which is important but still pretty irritating.
Facebook collects information about what you do on your smartphone to tailor ads to you.
The Facebook mobile app has a number of features that can collect a lot of personal information. Although many people assume that the main thing they’re doing on their phone is texting, for example, Facebook knows what music they have in the background when they post a message.
It’s not just your location and app usage that Facebook monitors. For tailoring ads, Facebook uses your mobile browsing data, including which apps you haven’t used for a while. In June, they announced that they would start doing this with mobile websites you visit.
You can stop Facebook from knowing your phone’s location and limit it from using other information to target ads.
Most smartphone users can turn off location sharing to specific apps. For example, you might want to shut down your location-sharing settings for Facebook on an iPhone. To do this, go to Settings, then Privacy, then Location Services, and then flip-off the Facebook switch.
You can keep Facebook from targeting specific ad topics at you.
The icon for “X” or the down arrow in the right corner of an ad icon is a quick and easy way to stop a company from sending you ads. Recently, Facebook rolled out a new feature that lets you limit specific topics that FB targets ads towards.
You might be wondering how Facebook is showing you specific ads. Well, you’re not alone! Luckily for you, we’re going to break it down in a second. When you click on the corner icon and select “Why am I seeing this?” from the pop-up menu, Facebook will tell you why your ad was matched with that particular page and and who saw it.
Facebook will explain why a specific ad is running when you click on the corner icon.
From this page, you will be able to see and modify your preferences. Some of these may be things you actually like, while others may not be so useful. Facebook has been tracking your information over the years and created a list of the things it thinks you like. You can view and edit these preferences from this page.
If you’re not interested in seeing ads about online shopping, for example, then you can remove such items from your list. You’re actually helping Facebook by modifying the list because the more pertinent topics you see will be more likely to catch your attention and make you click.
The original sentence is claiming that the user is “helping” Facebook by editing the list; suggesting that Facebook relies on users to choose what ads they want to see and does not make those decisions themselves.
Facebook won’t let you remove the three pieces of information it reserves for targeting ads: your gender, age, and location.