Skip to comments.How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Creepy New Targeted Ads
Posted on 03/09/2013 3:38:47 PM PST by Defiant
Facebook has announced that it's teaming up with four of the world's largest corporate data brokers to "enhance" the ad experience for users. Datalogix, Epsilon, Acxiom, and BlueKai obtain information gathered about users through online means (such as through cookies when users surf the web) as well as through offline means (such as through loyalty cards at supermarkets and product warranty cards). Through the new relationship with Facebook, companies will be able to display advertisements to Facebook users based on data that these data brokers have on individuals.
Here's how to stop them.
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Don’t use Facebook....
ZA hasa neat functioncalled ‘Fo Not Tracl” that is like a tiny miracle in theworld of things andstiff. It even tells you who is ATTEMPTING to track you. For FR, it says “Clear skies! No tracking found here.”
“118 Companies blocked from tracking you since install
We’ve blocked them tracking your browsing habits 6,296 times.”
And it names them:
[x+1] .Adap.TV .Adblade .AddThis .AddToAny .AdMeld .AdNexus .Adroll .AdTech .Advertising.com .Aperture .Baynote .Bing .BlueKai .BlueLithium .Brilig .Casale Media .ChartBeat .Chitika .Clickability .Clicktale .Clicky .CNET Tracking .Collective Media .Comscore Beacon .ContextWeb .CoreMetrics .CrazyEgg .Criteo .CrowdScience .Demandbase .Demdex .Disqus .Doubleclick .Effective Measure .Ensighten .Evidon .eXelate .Exponential .FreeWheel .Gigya .Gomez .Google +1 .Google Adsense .Google Adwords Conversion .Gravatar .Gravity .Hellobar .InfoLinks .InsightExpress .InterClick .Invite Media .iPerceptions .Kiss Metrics .Krux Digital .LinkedIn .Lotame .Marin Software .MarketGID .Media Innovation Group .Media6 Degrees .MediaMath .MediaMind .MediaPlex .Meebo .Microsoft Atlas .MSN Ads .NDN .Netratings Site Census .New Relic .NewsRight .NextAction .Omniture .OpenAds .OpenX .Optimizely .OutBrain .Parse.ly .PO.ST .PointRoll .Pubmatic .Quantcast .Quigo Adsonar .RadiumOne .RapLeaf .Real Media .Revenue Science .RightMedia .Rubicon Project .SafeCount .Salesforce .ShareThis .SiteMeter .SiteScout .SkimLinks .SpecificClick .StatCounter .Taboola .Tacoda .TARGUSinfo AdAdvisor .Test and Target .Torbit Insight .Turn .Twitter Badge .Tynt Tracer .Typekit .Undertone Networks .ValueClick .Vibrant Ads .VigLink .VisualRevenue .Vizu .Webtrends .Wordpress Stats .WorldNow .Yadro .Yahoo Web Analytics .Zedo .. .
I don’t. Call me old, but I think ‘social media’ like Facebook, Myspace etc. are a fad that will end up hurting a lot of the people involved. Future employment checking out what you’ve written, companies building profiles of you for targeted advertising spam, etc. I can always rely on FreeRepublic however.
Let’s try this again...WOW!
ZA has a neat function called “Do Not Track” that is like a tiny miracle in the world of things and stuff.
(That’s a little more comprehensible...I hope.)
Facebook is evil. This is just another example.
LOL. I was beginning to wonder about you! Do you have a link to them, or their web address? Would love to check it out. Thanks.
So, with no work on either his or my part, I learned that he had recently visited Walgreens drug store. Clearly he needs to update his privacy settings, but this is creepy.
I’m on FB but when I get one of those ads, I just report it as spam and I know many others who do the same. Sorry for the legitimate advertisers, sort of, but if they don’t want to be reported as spam, then maybe they should take it up with FB.
Firefox has an add-on called TrackerChoice PrivacyBlock that does an excellent job of foiling the trackers.
We need all the help we can get. This is a war.
I figured you were drunk.
Even at my age I like to think I am tech savvy. I Tweet, etc. But I don’t think they could pay me enough to use Facebook.
I knew we would get posts that say that. Didn’t take long.
I always know when I’m getting targeted ads because they’ll be in Spanish. That means they’ve followed my Google activity and found I was searching for music for my Spanish choir.
It resets to “neutral” if I clear all cookies, but then I have to log back into everything like FR and Weight Watchers.
There are a lot of good ways to use Facebook, and a lot of good connections that are maintained through it that previously you did not have the ability to keep. However, it is clear that the people that run it have no respect for privacy interests, and they are looking to monetize their creation in any way they can. I understand your sentiment, but for now, I am enjoying most aspects of Facebook, while being very careful what I put there and what can be seen by the public. At some point, it may become not worth the constant battle with Facebook’s settings. Opinions may vary on that, but I never put anything on there that I wouldn’t want to be revealed to the world in the likely event that Facebook screws all of us at some point. The problem is, most people using Facebook don’t guard their privacy, and don’t know what Facebook is doing with their data as they willy-nilly post their most minute details.
Abine has a program/add-on that works with Firefox and IE browsers — Do Not Track.
I have been using it for several months. It works in the background to block many of the common tracking sites.
I got mine on special for $29.95. Been using ZA for years.
That’s a good idea.
But ZA uses Abine and the price is FAR lower, plus you get the entire ZA suite.
Nothing like a good old “enhanced ad experience”. ROTFL! Fools.
Think of how many teenagers are going to be haunted by what they have posted on social media when they are adults looking for jobs.
I don’t drink, but I type in the dark and sometimes....if the keyboard shifts position even a little, I screw up and then, if I don’t check the prepost, like I didn’t, well, you see how it goes.
Add to that I am dyslexic and double rhe whammy.
ZA also has a privacy test for facebook, but I don’t do facebook so I don’t know how good it is.
I go out of my way TO NOT BUY ANYTHING from an internet advertiser... why? encourage it..
Already You Tube is making their site less useful because of them..
VIMEO is better much better but still afflicted.. with ads..
Unless there is only one source for “whatever” internet ads should be “SHUNNED”...
I will not be.
You vill! Don’ be schtoopit!
That's not accurate. I get ads in Spanish too, and I have never ever searched for anything remotely pertaining to Spanish language, culture, music, anything.
All of my advertisements are for small, fast, fairly cheap foreign cars. Occasionally I also get a BMW advertisement or one for a Dodge Challenger.
I used to interview a lot of college students seeking employment with a major corporation. Back in 05/06 when FB was supposedly available only to .edu email addresses, we had corporate hacks into it.
It was a lot of fun to ask these kids about some of the pics and stuff they had posted.
I don’t find well targeted ads creepy, I find them useful.
I fell for one of those ads recently and wonder now how it will affect me. I thought I was getting a free meal at Cracker Barrel. They asked for my name and cell phone number. Too late did I realize that the ad had nothing to do with Cracker Barrel! It had to do with RIVILI or RIVIL or something like that. It was on Facebook. I am afraid now that I gave them something that would give them control or access to my phone information. I can only berate myself for this...
I think transparency is the key. They want to hide what they are doing from everyone, and make it hard for those who want to maintain a high level of privacy to do so.
Everybody seems to find out what they’re doing. And the best way to maintain privacy is on your own side of the keyboard. I enjoy FB but I have no illusions that anything I put there is completely public information no matter how I my settings are tweaked, so I don’t put anything on there I wouldn’t tattoo on my forehead.
And now suddenly, they're suggesting "Mature Dating".
I mentioned a doctor visit, and my uric acid levels were high. Next ad was wanting participants for a gout study.
I said something about saxophone. Next ad is Woodwind nd Brasswind.
I said something about my time in the Marines. Next ad is for an online university for veterans.
A good friend has a beautiful Gibson ES-335 guitar. I said something about that, and the next ad was for Musician's Friend.
So add in all the idiots, and I just got tired of messing with them.
you can really mess them up. early on I constantly said I wasn’t interested, closed out ads and reported them as spam etc. I get almost no ads. what I have found is that many of my “friends” are not so careful about what they like and allow, so i in turn know a bit more than I’d like about them sometimes.
Glad I quit Facebook about 6 months ago. A REAL time waster.
Two words: Google Analytics.
Geez. I ybderstand that purrfectly!
I mostly only use my fake Facebook account for logging into other sites. I never even look at it, so could care less what’s going on there.
Rarely use my “real” account either, but I run Firefox with Ad Block Plus (with EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Fanboy’s Tracking List, Fanboy’s Privacy List, Facebook Privacy List, and Fanboy’s Annoyance List ) as well as BetterPrivacy to take care of LSOs/Super Cookies.
I didn’t even realize Facebook had ads, so I guess these things are working pretty darn good!
I tried ghostery in the past but it broke WAY too many legitimate web pages.
Since I use Firefox, I fix Google analytics with two words: No Script..
There’s a blocking list you can add into ABP to kill dating and porn ads completely.
I opened an account about 2 years ago. Never caught my fancy so i canceled it a year later. The electronic society has helped continue the destruction of the bonds that hold families and friendships together by making everything impersonal.
Why, is there a problem saying it should not be used???