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  1. There's a problem with those calls to Delete Facebook: some people physically can't. Want to delete Facebook? Too bad. Some Samsung smartphone owners have found that they're unable to remove the pre-loaded Facebook app from their phones, according to a new report from Bloomberg. That's concerning for people who are trying to remove the mammoth social media app from their lives, either because they no longer enjoy it, or because they're concerned about their privacy and security. 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. Most mobile phones come with some apps pre-loaded onto them, like email and messenger clients, or other utilities. But phone makers have also started including apps like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, YouTube, and others as pre-installed apps. You can usually customize your phone, removing and adding apps as you like, though some are immutable; iPhone users couldn't remove certain annoying pre-loaded iPhone apps like Stocks until 2016. 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. Facebook declined to provide that information to Bloomberg as well. Apparently, when some Samsung users tried to delete the pre-installed Facebook app, they found there was simply no "delete" option. The best they could do was "deactivate." This reportedly means that the app stops functioning; it acts as if it's not there, but that little blue square remains. Facebook says that deactivating means that the Facebook app won't collect any data on you. And social media and reverse engineering expert points out that the pre-installed Facebook app is just a shell, or a placeholder — not the actual app. So it's not clear what simply having the defunct pre-loaded app on your phone could do, other than be annoying. However, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been caught making misleading statements about the extent of data Facebook collects on both users and non-users plenty of times in the past few years. So its assurances that the deactivated apps won't affect users are not something users can (or should) necessarily trust. In the past year, Facebook has claimed its watchwords are "transparency" and "choice." But Facebook is declining to say with whom it has pre-install agreements and what the nature of those agreements is. And apparently some Samsung users simply do not have a choice about whether to completely remove Facebook from their digital lives. Sorry, isn't that the opposite of both transparency and choice? Just checking. Source
  2. If you're an Android user, the Facebook app could be using up a significant amount of your phone's processing power and battery life. Facebook could be draining your smartphone's battery If you're an Android user and you are having problems with your smartphone's speed and battery life, you might want to think about uninstalling your Facebook app. Facebook and Facebook Messenger are two of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play app store, but they are also two of the most power-hungry. A couple of weeks ago, Android Central blogger Russell Holly wrote about how he had decided to delete the app, and use Facebook through the mobile browser instead - and that he had been impressed with the experience. This prompted one Reddit user, who goes by the screen name pbrandes_eth, to run some tests on the Facebook app for Android, using his LG G4 phone. The tests involved launching 15 popular apps in succession with the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps installed on the phone, and then deleting the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps and launching the 15 apps again. The Facebook Messenger app is also very power-hungry The result was a 15% improvement in performance when the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps had been removed. "So yeah, I think that settles it for me... I am joining the browser-app camp for now," he wrote in a post on Reddit . In another test performed by Guardian journalist Samuel Gibbs, the battery life of an Android phone was compared when the Facebook app was installed, and when it was deleted. Over the same time period, the phone was found to eat through 20% more of the battery life when the Facebook app was installed than when it wasn't. Other Android services also showed reduced battery consumption when the Facebook app was uninstalled. "Despite the Facebook app not showing up as using a significant amount of power within Android’s built-in battery statistics, it was evidently consuming more power in the background than it needed to," wrote Gibbs. So if your Android device is suffering from battery or speed issues, it might be worth deleting the Facebook app and accessing the social network via your smartphone's Chrome browser instead, to see if it makes a difference. To make life easier for yourself, you could use an app like Metal, which acts as a wrapper for Facebook’s mobile site and allows you to access the social network directly from your home screen. This isn't the first time issues have been raised with Facebook's mobile apps. iPhone users have also complained about its performance and effect on battery life, and Facebook has admitted the problems itself. Last year, the company's chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android - which represents over 80% of the worldwide smartphone market. He said that this would help them report bugs and live in "the same experience that most Facebook users experience today". Source
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