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Facebook stalks (non) users
« on: Thursday, 10 January, 2019 @ 14:01:58 »
Facebook deal makes it impossible to delete app from Android smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S8 users were only able to disable the Facebook app, not delete it

Facebook has made a number of deals with Samsung and other Android smartphone makers to make it impossible for people to delete the app.

The deals, first reported by Bloomberg, mean the Facebook app comes pre-installed onto devices and can only be disabled and not permanently removed.

It is not known how many deals were made with companies, but affected devices include the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Permanent apps that come pre-installed on smartphones, referred to in the industry as bloatware or crapware, are a common feature on Android phones, though usually they are native to the device manufacturer.

Incorporating apps into the operating system in this way is often seen as uncompetitive and has previously resulted into antitrust probes against tech firms.

A report by Privacy International last week revealed how the firm was tracking Android users even if they didn't have a Facebook account.

After analysing 34 popular Android apps with user bases of between 10 and 500 million, the charity found that 23 of the apps sent data to Facebook the moment a user opened them.