Facebook has inked an unknown number of agreements with Android smartphone
makers, mobile carriers and OSes around the world to not only pre-load
Facebook’s eponymous app on hardware but render the software *undeleteable*;
a permanent feature of your device, whether you like how the company’s app
can track your every move and digital action or not.
Bloomberg spoke to a U.S. owner of a Samsung Galaxy S8 who, after reading
forum discussions about Samsung devices, found his own pre-loaded Facebook
could only be “disabled,” with no explanation available to him as to what
exactly that meant.
The Galaxy S8 retailed for $725+ when it went on sale in the U.S. two years
A Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg that a disabled permanent app
doesn’t continue collecting data or sending information back to the
company, but declined to specify exactly how many such pre-install deals
Facebook has globally.
Samsung told the news organization it provides a pre-installed Facebook app
on “selected models” with options to disable it, adding that once disabled,
the app is no longer running.
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