Facebook can't be deleted on some Samsung phones

A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S8

It seems like Facebook has a list of partners with whom it has deals for "permanent apps", in other words, Facebook can not be deleted from phones that are sold by those partners, it seems.

Also, as pointed out by some users and reported by other publications, Samsung doesn't even install the actual Facebook app on many of its smartphones.

Photographer Nick Winke tried to remove the pre-installed app from his phone - and found he couldn't. Google apps such as Maps and Gmail have been shipping on Android devices for years. A report last week said that many top apps send data to Facebook from Android devices without the user's consent, and that happens even if a person doesn't have a Facebook account.

"Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do?" Well, in a flawless world, we'd be able to delete all the apps that we do not need from our phones, that's not the case. The Menlo Park, California-based company said whether the app is deletable or not depends on various pre-install deals Facebook has made with phone manufacturers, operating systems and mobile operators around the world over the years, including Samsung. "We the consumer should have [a] say in what we want and don't want on our products". While there's not much to worry about if you're a Samsung user, the company should've communicated this in a better way given there's so much doubt regarding anything Facebook these days. Unfortunately, you can't remove or uninstall majority like other downloaded apps from the Google PlayStore.


A Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg that the disabled version of the app acts like it's been deleted, so it doesn't continue collecting data or sending information back to Facebook. Even after disabling the app, he was bothered to still have it on his phone.

The new report also brings to light how little the public knows or has control over the app pre-load deals that Facebook makes with smartphone makers, including but not limited to Samsung. Consumers may have to specifically ask a customer service representative when purchasing a phone to find out if it comes with the app.

In December, Justin McMurry, whose Twitter handle is @BoutSebm, wrote that he considered Facebook a privacy threat.

The newly-sparked interest in Facebook's deal with certain phone makers to include a "permanent" app on their phones has prompted many to question the real reasons behind this, other than "to save you the trouble of downloading Facebook". I recently did a factory reset of my old Samsung Galaxy S7 in order to bequeath it to my son.

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