Not ready to quit? Here are 3 ways to reduce your footprint


If the value of the last few weeks bad news on facebook Have you set to overwrite the ‘angry’ emoji icon under all messages on the social network, you may want to redirect your attention to the Facebook settings.

As the Facebook Papers revelations made it clear, the Menlo Park, Calif., company that just renamed itself Meta is obsessed with user engagement. If you want to downsize Facebook – while still keeping it to show your friends’ updates on their kids, pets, food, and travel, a use case it still serves well – you should work to give Facebook less time. And your data.

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Stop Facebook tracking on all sites

Last january, Facebook delivered on a promise made in May 2018 by releasing a tool to prevent it from analyzing your activity on sites with Facebook widgets such as its “Like” and “Share” buttons. (USA TODAY is one of them.)

If you have not returned this “Activity outside Facebook”Switch, that’s understandable: it’s not too obvious. In a desktop browser, click or tap the menu triangle in the upper right corner, select “Settings & Privacy,” then “Settings,” then “Your Facebook Info” (not the seemingly more obvious “Privacy”), and finally “Disabled – Facebook activity.

In Facebook’s Android and iOS apps, tap your profile picture at the top right, tap “Settings & privacy,” tap “Settings,” then tap “Non-Facebook activity.”

Your browser can help you: Apple Safari To Facebook tracking blocked since 2018, Firefox matched this feature in 2019 and Microsoft Edge does the same.

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Stop using Facebook to sign in elsewhere

Social connections”Can save you from having to keep track of another username-password combination by allowing you to log in with one touch from a site you are on every day. In the case of Facebook, they can link to this network more than you want.

See how many connections you have linked to your Facebook credentials, open your account settings and go to “Your Facebook information”, then “Access your information”. Tap or select “Apps & websites”; those linked to your account will appear under “Connected with Facebook”.

Facebook's site and apps can be some of the neediest occupants of your screens, interrupting you with notifications about things it thinks you've missed.

Be forewarned that not all sites will allow you to forgo this Facebook connection. Spotify remains a dissonant chord: like its help page Notes, if you have opened an account from Facebook, you cannot remove this authentication. You will need to create a new account and then rebuild your playlists.

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Hush Facebook notifications

Facebook’s site and apps can be some of the neediest occupants of your screens, interrupting you with notifications about things it thinks you’ve missed. You cannot turn them off completely, but you can limit their number and nature in the Facebook settings.

Tap or click on the menu (top right in a desktop browser or its Android app, bottom right in iPhone and iPad apps), select “Settings & Privacy”, then “Settings”, then “Notifications”. Facebook’s most entertaining nags are the “push notifications“its mobile apps send even when you’re not using them, so turn them off first.

Apple and Google provide additional tools to reduce the role of Facebook on your mobile devices, such as Screen time and the new one Focus function in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, as well as Android’s “digital well-being” tools added in 2018.

Finally, you can use some of the freed up time by not having to respond to Facebook so often by pulling your cybernetic sleeve by watch your friends and groups again to see which ones still add value and meaning to your experience there.

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