Samsung Has Prevented Some Galaxy Smartphone Owners From Deleting Facebook App

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 10, 2019

Facebook can only be "disabled" on Samsung phones, which means the app will forever remain on the phone in some form. A media report notes that Facebook app that comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy phones can not be uninstalled.

This is just one example of a "permanent app", as most of you probably know what it's like to have a third-party app on your phone that you can not delete, or an app that is a part of OEMs Android overlay that you really do not need, and yet you can not delete it, only disable it, if you're lucky.

Facebook comes as one of the pre-installed apps on some Samsung devices, though Bloomberg reports that there is no list of all the Samsung and non-Samsung devices on which it is installed.

"Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do?" It is a problem with nearly all phone companies, as they pre-install third-party apps that can not be removed by users. "We the consumer should have say in what we want and don't want on our products", added Winke.

Winke said in an interview with Bloomberg, '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.

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Specifically, owners of Samsung phones can not permanently delete Facebook as a result of a pre-install deal made between the two companies.

Facebook, of course, isn't the only app that's preinstalled on some devices, Bloomberg tells us. And it turns out that Facebook is one of them. These apps each have an install base from 10 to 500 million, and they include educational tool Duolingo, flight search engine Skyscanner, travel site Kayak and job database Indeed. But Google is the company that makes Android, and device makers like Samsung have to preinstall Google apps on the devices they make. Apparently the deals they make with manufacturers are meant to give consumers "the best phone experience right after opening the box" and you can understand such decisions cannot sit well with people.

Consumer-advocacy groups have been skeptical of such arrangements for years, according to Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

In December, Justin McMurry, whose Twitter handle is @BoutSebm, wrote that he considered Facebook a privacy threat. I recently did a factory reset of my old Samsung Galaxy S7 in order to bequeath it to my son.

José Cortés, a Spaniard living in Sweden, has started using Facebook on his phone more infrequently, sharing less because he doesn't like the way it broadcasts his activity to his friends.

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