Does Facebook track you?

posted in: iOS, Security, Social Media

Yes, it does.

Everyone has noticed that after browsing certain websites or certain online shopping sites, facebook seems to start showing you ads for products or services that relate to those websites.

What it’s doing is using what’s known as “Off Facebook Activity” to serve ads to you that relate to things you are interested in. At least that’s the angle they come from with it. Another angle to look at is they are able to track your activity online and build a profile about you. It sounds a little creepy when put that way.

In a recent facebook update, they added a feature deep in the Settings that allows you to see what websites are providing them information. It also allows you to clear the data and actually turn it off completely.

Here’s how to find the settings and delete the stored information.

  • Open the Facebook App.
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner.
  • Scroll down to the “Settings and Privacy” section, tap it.
  • Tap “Settings”.
  • Scroll down towards the bottom under the “Your Facebook Information” section.
  • Tap the “Off-Facebook activity” section.
  • If you want to see all the information, tap “Manage your off-Facebook activity” section and log in.
  • In here you can see the exact data each site is providing and also just clear it all.
  • Tap “Clear History” to delete it all.

If you want to turn it off completely,

  • Tap “More Options”.
  • Choose “Manage Future Activity” from the pop up list.
  • Tap “Manage Future Activity”.
  • Toggle the switch next to “Future off-Facebook activity”.
  • Read the information that pops up telling you exactly what happens then tap “Turn Off”.

That’s it.

Hope you’ve found this useful.