Facebook is now posting advertisements from my account.
Yesterday, a friend sent me an email message that included the following shared Facebook update:
Yes, it’s a Facebook update apparently written by me that is promoting a magazine I don’t read or care about. This appeared in one of the groups on Facebook that I’m a member of.
When I clicked the link to see the ad for myself, Facebook prompted me to log in with my friend’s account information. It actually filled in the user ID field with his account name.
I was appalled.
Let’s look at what’s going on here: this is a Facebook update that looks like it was written by me to promote a product I don’t care about.
Is it unreasonable for me to be outraged?
And yes, I checked the Facebook Ad settings. This is the only one that seems as if it should apply and I’ve got it set to No One, meaning no one can see my name attached to any advertisement:
Why has this happened? How many other times has it happened? Is it happening to your Facebook account, too?
How many more liberties will Facebook take with our privacy in an effort to maximize their bottom line and bombard us with advertising?