(KFVS) - New changes to the way Facbeook handles advertising means your data is automatically used to sell ads.
That is because Facebook is now selling ads to everyone on every platform, not just on Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram.
It started at the end of May when the tech-giant announced it was expanding its Audience Network.
Essentially, the change allows advertisers to buy ads through Facebook. Those ads will pop up on all sorts of places including other apps.
That means everyone can see the ads, not just those with a Facebook account..
The problem: your ad preferences are being used unless you opt out.
It is really easy to change your settings.
Follow these 3 steps:
- Go to account settings
On your desktop, click the lock in the top-right corner of your screen and select "See More Settings."If you're using an Android or Apple device click on the three-bar icon and scroll until you see Account Settings.
- Click on Ads
To see all your ad preferences click Ads.
If you're on a desktop computer, it might say Adverts.
- Change your preferences as you wish.
You can change any of these to "yes" or "no".
The option that you are automatically signed up for is under the question "Can your Facebook ad preferences be used to show you ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies?"
Of course, you will still be advertised too, that's not going to change.
By selecting no, you will still see ads, but they won't be as relevant to you.
You can take control of what ads are being shown on your profile. Here's how: