Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook

A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S8

Samsung didn't provide Bloomberg with any further explanation.

The study titled How Apps On Android Share Data With Facebook (Even If You Don't Have A Facebook Account) states that: "Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools".

So, here's some old news - many Samsung phones come with the Facebook app pre-installed and you can't delete it, just merely "Disable" it.

Samsung too has few smartphones that come pre-installed with Facebook apps and the company has also released several apps that link its devices to Facebook. Some Galaxy S8 owners are unable to delete the Facebook app completely from their devices; all owners can do is select an option to disable the app.

"Samsung only ship the stub version of Facebook on their phones", she writes in a series of tweets. If you can not delete an app, it means that you don't have full control over your experience on your shiny new phone and it feels like they don't want to leave your phone and away from your precious data. Some Samsung users will find apps like Amazon.com, Twitter, YouTube, Google Play Music and Gmail permanent features. He first tried to delete the Facebook app when he was setting up the device.

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"Companies should be filing public documents on these deals, and Facebook should turn over public documents that show there is no data collection when the app is disabled".

However, the customer isn't informed about any of this before a purchase is made. Other phone makers and service providers, including LG Electronics Inc., Sony Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., have made similar deals with app makers.

Similarly, Twitter can be preinstalled on some phones, but the company said it wouldn't collect any data about users unless they log into their Twitter accounts. "If I can't delete it, this will be the last Samsung product I ever own". "Been a Samsung customer for 10 years".

No, Samsung is not preinstalling an uninstallable Facebook app on some of its phones. "Time to move on".

The newly-sparked interest in Facebook's deal with certain phone makers to include a "permanent" app on their phones has prompted many to question the real reasons behind this, other than "to save you the trouble of downloading Facebook". If there's an event coming up on Facebook, he never marks that he's going or interested, even if he is, because he dislikes that his attendance will advertise the event to his other friends. For his next phone, he said he'll consider buying something else.

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