How To Stop Facebooks Targeted Advertising


I mean really,  Facebook is  scary sometimes because you may be looking at something on instagram or another website and then next time you go on Facebook there it is in an advertisement. I find it so invasive. 

This has actually been researched and written by By Kim Komando | The Kim Komando Show. So thanks to her.

If you want to stop this invasion of privacy here is how to do it


You can do the following on Facebook’s desktop website, and you can also access ad preferences through your Facebook app. From the site, click the on the downward arrow in the upper corner and click on Settings. Click on Ads on the left side. This opens the “Your ad preferences page.”

Start with the Your Interests section. Click on this to see a list of topics Facebook thinks you’re interested in based on your activity.

Once you’ve reviewed your interests, check out the Advertisers section. This works just like interests. You can choose to hide ads from particular advertisers, which is useful if you’re annoyed by a specific ad popping up all the time in your feed.

Tweak the information Facebook uses to target ads

The next section on tap is called Your information. This is the data Facebook uses to help advertisers target ads at you. The categories include relationship status, employer, job title and education. The toggle switches on the side let you choose whether or not to allow advertisers to use these. Feel free to turn them all off. Also, take a peek at “Your categories” in this same section. You can nix these as well by clicking on the X.

Adjust your Facebook ad settings

Click on the Ad settings section to expand it. Here is where we can make substantial changes to throw targeted advertisers off your tracks.

Ads based on data from partners: If you already see the words “Not allowed” here, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, expand this setting, which controls “ads based on data we receive from partners about your offline activity.” Yeah, that does sound a little creepy. In the drop-down box, choose Not allowed.

Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere: This section applies to websites, apps, and device that use Facebook’s services to serve up ads outside of Facebook. This is why you might see the same ads lurking on both Facebook and seemingly unrelated websites. Look for the drop-down menu at the bottom and select “Not allowed.”

Ads that include your social actions: This setting lets you control whether or not Facebook can use your activity in ads aimed at other people. For example, a Facebook friend might see an ad for a page that you’ve liked on the service. The two options in the drop-down menu here are “Only my friends” or “No One.” Choose “No One” to keep yourself out of these sorts of ads.

Hide ad topics lets you block ads related to the potentially sensitive issues of alcohol, parenting or pets. You can choose to hide these for six months, a whole year or permanently.


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