The story states that Facebook's app comes pre-installed in select Samsung devices and users can only disable it, but can't delete it from their phones. Jeff Chester, an executive director of the Center of Digital Democracy, actually said that people have started to understand that apps can be a powerful tool for their creators, that they can spy you without a problem, as you're constantly using your phone, and carry it around with you at all times, pretty much.
Pre-install deals with Android phone manufacturers are not exclusively a Facebook thing, but they are rarely communicated to consumers. Pre-installed apps cannot be removed entirely but can be disabled, which is more or less similar to uninstallation except that the disabled app continues to take up some on the device.More news: Jamie Lee Curtis Slams Golden Globes Over Fiji Water Branding
Samsung's another app, the Galaxy S4 app, gathered less info about your friends but it did seek their birthdays, status updates, events, photos and videos. In a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt revealed a sharp increase in reported mental health issues among United States teenagers and young adults in the last decade.
"It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions", Winke said in a Bloomberg interview.More news: Packers make it official, hire LaFleur as head coach
"Samsung only ship the stub version of Facebook on their phones".
'Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? "We the consumer should have [a] say in what we want and don't want on our products". And this not only happens on phone with customised interfaces but also on devices with stock Android interfaces. Only a few, if at all, of the pre-installed apps can be removed completely from the device. While these apps are the ones that are nearly a necessity on smartphones these days, the absence of an option to remove them is irksome. Manufacturers say that if you don't want to use a pre-installed app, you can go to the app manager and disable them from the system.More news: Congo braces for election results after commission meets overnight
Most of the time, these pre-installed apps are out-of-date by the time the phone reaches consumers. "As long as the app has been disabled, no need to worry, [The] Facebook app won't somehow escape the disabled app jail". Facebook has been caught collecting data on users even if they don't even have an account, nevermind if they are logged in or not. Plus, it's really annoying not being able to get rid of the Facebook icon from your phone. Google apps such as Maps and Gmail have been shipping on Android devices for years.