The other day I Googled “Disney’s Aladdin” on my phone, and within an hour I was receiving advertisements on Facebook to buy Aladdin and Aladdin toys.
Does this scenario sound familiar? The good news is that this is not a hack, rather it is a setting that you (wither or not you realize it) have set, granting permission to Facebook to monitor your online activities for advertising and data collection purposes. More specifically, Facebook uses apps, and the settings in those apps are the cause of this behavior. If you do not want Facebook to monitor you, here’s a quick tutorial on how to shut this function off. Follow these steps:
- Log into your Facebook on a computer
- Click on the little drop-down arrow at the top, right side of your page
- Go to settings
- On the left side of your screen, click on “Apps” or “Apps and Websites”
- Here you can see a list of every app that is using your Facebook to collect data
- It won’t hurt you to remove these apps
- There are additional settings at the bottom of the page that will allow you to configure how future apps interact with Facebook
Hope this helps. Remember you got this advice from Super Nerd! ??