FILE – This Feb. 19, 2014, record photo, shows a Facebook app idol on a smartphone in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
A Bloomberg news has triggered new concerns about Facebook – we can’t get absolved of it.
On some Samsung phones, a Facebook app can not be totally removed. That can be disturbing for a flourishing series of earlier Facebook users who wish zero to do with a app anymore since of remoteness concerns, hatred mongering and politics.
The amicable networking association says not to worry: disabling a app has a same outcome as deletion it, a Facebook orator told Fox News. What stays is something called a “stub.” If we click on a stub, it will prompt we to download a app, Facebook said.
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Some phone manufacturers and carriers preinstall a app – or simply implement a stub – according to Facebook.
This emanate isn’t accurately new. Samsung phone users, for example, were angry about this on user forums starting in a open of final year. And some discussions go behind even further.
And a forum thread combined in a arise of a latest news points out that preinstalled smartphone apps have been around a prolonged time. Colloquially famous as “bloatware,” preinstalled apps have been commissioned on Windows PCs for years.
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One of a prickliest issues dogging Facebook is information collection and user tracking. The worry is, even nonetheless a app is disabled, Facebook could still be collecting data.
However, a Mark Zuckerberg-led association Fox News that is not a case. Once a app is disabled, there is no information collection.
User tracking, over a personal information users volunteer, has been a bruise indicate for Facebook and one of a categorical reasons Zuckerberg was grilled on Capitol Hill by lawmakers this past April.
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Though Facebook insists that users control what they share, there’s a lot of feud about this.
Third-party tracking around Facebook’s “like” buttons is one of a “often-invisible methods for collecting and generating information on users but their believe or consent,” according to a Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF also cites shade profiles and “computational inferences that can interpretation characteristics and preferences a user never told Facebook about.”
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Samsung has nonetheless to respond to a query from Fox News.