Recently, Facebook confirmed that yes, your posts can be used for ads, suggesting that these "social ads" are exactly what you and every other Facebook users wants.
The social network has a FAQs page about its ads and how to control how your Facebook activity is paired with ads, but if you don't feel like sifting through it, just do this:
- Go to the Facebook Ads privacy settings page
- Next to "Pair my social actions with ads," select "No one"
- Then, also click "Edit" in the Third Party Sites section
- Again, choose "No one" for the option to allow Facebook to grant other sites usage of your name and photo in ads
If you had just clicked through from the Facebook FAQs page to the privacy settings page, you might have only seen/changed the Ads and Friends section, but the Third Party Sites one is important to check too.
And if you want to stop seeing custom ads on Facebook, opt-out here.
Finally, don't forget you can do this too with Google to stop it from using your face and name in advertisements.
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