It is almost impossible to escape Facebook, but some measures can be taken to limit the information provided to the social network.
Since the beginning of the Cambridge Analyticalcase, many Facebook users are worried: the data of several million of them were collected without their knowledge, and Donald Trump’s teams are suspected of having used them during the campaign election.
To protect their data, some called for a boycott of the social network, using the keyword #Delete Facebook(“delete Facebook”). A movement is still very marginal, especially since the important place taken by Facebook in the digital life of its users makes its removal a step difficult to overcome. From Facebook moments you will be able to increase your likes on the posts and increase your social recognition.
It is impossible to use Facebook without providing personal data: the simple fact of interacting with your loved ones is rich in teaching for the social network. However, it is possible to limit the personal information to which he has access and their use.
Manage profile information
When you registered for the social network many years ago, you may not have really been aware of the information you give to Facebook. The social network may have memorized your place of birth, where you live, the school you were in, or your family ties or love. To remove some of this information, you have to go to his profile and then to “About”.
To delete a data, hover with the mouse the information in question. Click on “Edit”. You will then be able to choose who you share with (everyone, friends, “only me”) or delete it.
Pay special attention to the sub-section “General and contact information”, where you can choose who sees your email address, and possibly delete your address and phone number.
Limit ad targeting
In “Settings” and then “Advertisements”, you can delete the “interests” that Facebook (and its customers, advertisers, target you) are hovering over with your mouse. Remember to also switch to the sub-tabs (travel, places and events, hobbies and activities, etc.).
Just below, do the same thing with advertisers “with whom you have interacted” to stop seeing their ads.
- Then, continue in the “Your information” section. Uncheck the options one by one in “About you” and “Your categories”.
- In order to limit ad customization, it is possible in “Advertising Settings” to answer “No” to “Want to see Facebook-targeted online ads” and “Ads on apps and websites outside of Facebook companies.”
There are additional methods for limiting ad targeting, this time from the settings of the mobile phone on which Facebook is installed. If you use an iPhone, go to “Privacy” then “Advertising”, and choose to limit the tracking. On Android, always in settings, select “Google” and then “Ads” or “Ads” and uncheck interest-based ads.