Saturday, March 19, 2011

Opting Out of Facebook Advertising

Once again, Facebook has made a change to their which affects every user.   Free sites (like Facebook) often depend on Advertising for income.  While most of us understand and accept this, the problem is that Facebook can use your photos and information in their ads.  I wrote a post a while back when Facebook announced changes to their advertising.  At the time, it appeared that there would be no way for users to opt out of having their photos used in the ads.  Now there does appear to be some control for users.  Some of your friends may have posted the status message below:
Today, Facebook will start using your photos in ads that will appear on the profile page of your contacts. It's legal and is mentioned in the fine print when you create your account. TO stop this do the following: Account, Account Settings, Then click on Facebook Ads ( tab...), choose "No one" on the drop-down menu and save changes. Copy this and use in a status update

This message tells you how to opt out of Facebook's new advertising feature.  Here's the steps again:
  1. Log into Facebook
  2. On the blue menu bar click ACCOUNT and then ACCOUNT SETTINGS
  3. Click the tab on the far right that reads, FACEBOOK ADS
  4. Close the Pop-up window that appears. 
  5. Use the drop-down menu to select NO ONE and then save the changes. 
That should take care of things for now ... but who knows what the next Facebook change will bring.
For more information about Facebook Privacy, click here.