Monday, 17 June, 2019

Users Outraged As Facebook App Cannot Be Removed From Some Samsung Phones

A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S8 A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S8 , Bloomberg
Sandy Mccarthy | 10 January, 2019, 23:45

It can be disabled through from the settings, but if someone doesn't want to use Facebook on the phone, which makes ideal sense given all the data and privacy scandals involving Samsung, the app cannot be removed. A Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg that disabling the app on Samsung devices makes the app behave as if it is deleted. Even companies like Nokia and OnePlus that tend to use Android software that is close to what you get with Google's own Pixel phones, have one or two third-party apps pre-installed on the phone. He used Facebook for some time to get in touch with friends and share his works with others, but at some point, Winke chose to get off of Facebook and tried to remove the app from his phone.

Facebook comes as one of the pre-installed apps on some Samsung devices, though Bloomberg reports that there is no list of all the Samsung and non-Samsung devices on which it is installed.

'Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? Facebook hasn't disclosed the financial nature or scope of those deals but said they are meant to give the user "the best" phone experience from the time they first turn on their new device. "We the consumer should have say in what we want and don't want on our products", added Winke. Facebook's spokesperson did, however, say that if you disable the app on your phone, it acts as if it's uninstalled, so it can not collect data or anything of the sort, which is something Mr. Winke was concerned about, and probably at least a part of the reason why he wanted to delete that app from his smartphone.

Several Samsung users posted similar experiences in forums, such as Android Central. He first tried to delete the Facebook app when he was setting up the device. Privacy International claims that Facebook directly places the responsibility on app developers to ensure that they notify the users before providing the platform with any data.

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On Friday, he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres he was "evaluating" whether he should reverse his decision. So he dropped out, leaving the Academy without a host less than three months before the big ceremony.

Consumer-advocacy groups have long raised objections to such deals.

"Very slimy. Been a Samsung customer for 10 years".

In December, Justin McMurry, whose Twitter handle is @BoutSebm, wrote that he considered Facebook a privacy threat. And social media and reverse engineering expert points out that the pre-installed Facebook app is just a shell, or a placeholder - not the actual app. I was recently using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the pre-installed Facebook, as well as Instagram apps, refused to work without updating to the latest version.

"I understand Samsung is trying to make it easy for the user, but I don't like that it does not allow me to uninstall", he said.

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