I’m going to tell you something that you already know but probably don’t want to hear: Facebook knows pretty much everything about you. It also knows what you do online.
At this point, if you’re a Facebook user, you’ve already giving the social network an almost unlimited amount of data. But you still have a bit of control over what it does with your information, specifically, how it shows you ads. And I’m not just talking about targeted ads while one Facebook’s site, because the ads are now following you around as you browse the web.
Here’s what you need to do to keep Facebook’s targeted ads from stalking you all over the Internet.
First head to your Facebook ads Settings page via this link right here. Now, look for the for section labeled Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies, and click Edit. Change the option to No.
While you’re in here, you can also turn off some of Facebook’s other tracking settings (or “features” as it likes to call them). If you prefer to not see interest-based ads on Facebook, you can say no to Ads based on my use of websites and apps.
Personally, if I’m going to see ads, I’d rather see them based on things I like, since I know Facebook already has the information anyway, but it’s nice to have options.
What are your thoughts on Facebook ads reaching outside of the social media service? Let us know in the comments!
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