How to Opt Out Of Interest-Based Advertising From Facebook

This past week you may have received a notification from Facebook alerting you that the company is "making ads better and giving you more control". This is part of Facebook's plan to start pushing more targeted ads to your news feed based on your browsing habits. Even though Facebook is allowing users to add and remove certain ads from their news feed, some people do not like the idea of the company tracking their web surfing history.

UPDATE: Facebook has informed us they will "not share browsing history with advertisers and won’t do so even with these new changes. Facebook will include info from website and apps to inform targeting on Facebook. But no information is shared with advertisers."

Advertising Settings

Here's how to limit targeted ads on your iOS device and Facebook news feed:

On your iPhone navigate to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and tap the "Limit Ad Tracking" slider so it turns green.

On your Mac or PC you can use the standard Digital Advertising Alliance form to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising from participating companies.

Facebook is Desperate to Take Over Your iPhone

Facebook's motto seems to be if you can't beat them, buy them, and that's exactly what Mark Zuckerberg tried to do with when his copycat app Poke could not recreate the success of Snapchat. According to reports, Facebook is trying once again to compete with the popular messaging app after failing to acquire the company for a rumored $3 billion.

Facebook Slingshot

Zuckerberg has been secretly overseeing the development of an app known as "Slingshot", which "allows users to send short video messages with just a couple of taps," according to The Financial Times. The new video messaging app features a "simple and speedy user interface" and could be launched this month if Facebook plans to proceed with the project.

Here's Another Reason to Hate Facebook's iOS App

Facebook is determined to make its iOS app even more useless by forcing users to download its standalone Messenger app. According to various sources, the company plans to remove the ability for users to send and receive messages directly from the main Facebook app.

Facebook iOS App

Facebook has already begun sending notifications about the change to some users in Europe. These users will have around two weeks before Facebook rips the messaging tab from their apps. This will either force people to download Facebook Messenger, or cause them to only contact their friends through Facebook’s mobile website. Facebook eventually plans to implement this system worldwide.

How do I turn off auto-playing videos on Facebook?

Version 6.8 of Facebook adds auto-playing videos to your news feed. The good news is videos don’t automatically play sound, but the bad news is there is no way to turn off the new feature when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network. Luckily, there is an option to disable them while you are on a cellular network so you do not burn through your data plan. Here's how:

Popular Facebook Game Stick Run Lands on IOS and Android Devices

Stick Run Mobile is an endless running game that was created by a 16-year-old student from Germany. The game became a huge hit on Facebook with over 6 million monthly active users, and it's now available for iOS and Android devices. The game is simple, players must avoid dying while running through a randomly generated level. Players can tap the left and right hand sides of their display to slide under and jump over obstacles such as boxes and saw blades... And that's about it.

Stick Run

If I've leaned anything from playing Stick Run Mobile it is that I'm a huge failure. The game tosses you right into the fire, and doesn't offer much of a learning curve. I spent most of my time slamming into things, and trying to figure out how to smash through the glass walls without dying. The game also doesn't offer much of a variety when it comes to obstacles or difficulty, making it quite tedious.


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