Facebook can use your photos – Privacy Alert

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From Facebook’s Privacy Page – “Facebook occasionally pairs advertisements with relevant social actions from a user’s friends to create Facebook Ads. Facebook Ads make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. These respect all privacy rules. You may opt out of appearing in your friends’ Facebook Ads below.”

This means Facebook could use your photos to advertise to your friends.  You can disable this option by taking the following steps:

1. Login to Facebook
2. Click on SETTINGS in the top right corner
3. Select MANAGE for the privacy setting
4. Select NEWSFEEDS AND WALL
5. Select the tab that reads FACEBOOK ADS
6.  In the “Appearance in Facebook Ads” drop down, select NO ONE
7.  Save changes

I had recently noticed some of my friends in ads for dating services and such and didn’t realize why that was happening.  Thank you Lee Drozak of My Office Assistant for letting us know how to disable this feature and protect our images.

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