Help Facebook To Not Abuse You

Carl Zimmer tells us:

Facebook lets 3rd party advertisers use your posted photos without your permission. To opt out: Click on SETTINGS (located on top of page in blue bar, next to logout); Select PRIVACY SETTINGS; Select NEWS FEEDS and WALL; Select the TAB that reads Facebook Ads. There will be a drop down box; Select NO ONE. Save your changes & then pass this on. [Thanks to Virginia Postrel]

ADDED: You may need to turn off ad blocking to make this w


  1. #1 DuWayne
    July 25, 2009

    Fucking shit eating bastards!!!!!!!!111!!11!

  2. #2 eric
    July 25, 2009

    This doesn’t work under Firefox 3.5.1. The page didn’t have a dropdown list, at least not for me.

  3. #3 NewEnglandBob
    July 25, 2009

    Not a problem for me. I do not have a facebook page or a myspace page or twitter.

  4. #4 khan
    July 25, 2009

    If FF doesn’t work, use IE.

  5. #5 DuWayne
    July 25, 2009

    eric – Me either – but when I went in through SeaMonkey, I got there. It still didn’t provide a droplist, but when you click on it the option shows up…

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    July 25, 2009

    It is strange that the browser would matter.

  7. #7 Dave in Texas
    July 25, 2009

    I also run FF 3.5.1, and I had to enable ads on the page to get the list to show up.

  8. #8 Steve W
    July 25, 2009

    I got an error message the first time, I apologize if this is a duplicate.

    I don’t think this is true. See:

  9. #9 Irene Delse
    July 26, 2009

    @ Greg: It seems that the browser matters if ad-blocking is enabled. I run FF 3.0 with AdBlockPlus and I needed to turn if off to check the Facebook Ads settings.

  10. #10 Monado
    July 26, 2009

    It worked fine for me in Firefox with Ad Blocking on.

  11. #11 DouglasG
    July 27, 2009

    According to Snopes, this is false.

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    As is often the case with Snopes, they misrepresent the falseosity of the issue at hand. Facebook operates in such a way that your photos from your facebook page can be used in an advert that other people see. It is probably true that the above quoted (from Zimmer) statement needs to be modified to be more accurate, but it is not true that this is false … it is not true that facebook uses your photos in ads, and it IS true (as acknowledged by snopes) that this can be turned off.

    Sorry for being a skeptic of snopes style skepticism, but that’s how I roll. Or, actually, role.

  13. #13 jj
    July 27, 2009

    I don’t think this is very new, actually. I’ve always been very careful with my security settigns in FB, since I signed up about 9 months ago. I can assure you that settings been there for at leased 3 months.

  14. #14 Mikko
    July 27, 2009


    not everyone uses ms windows even if it looks like that

  15. #15 Prashanth
    July 28, 2009

    Facebook of course disagrees. Any comments, Greg?

  16. #16 Katherine
    July 30, 2009

    There aren’t any settings on there for me, or it doesn’t come up with any. It just gives me the error message saying that it isn’t true…