Signal wanted to run Instagram ads to show how user data is collected and sold, promptly...

Humza

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A hot potato: Signal, the encrypted messaging app that recently exploded in popularity, attempted to run an Instagram ad campaign to show users how the social media platform targets and sells their personal information using its own ad tools. Not so fast, said Facebook, which then proceeded to shut down Signal's advertising account.

User privacy and social media have always had a complex relationship, spawning endless debates on regulation, tracking online user behaviour and data collection. It's why some companies have increasingly started to push privacy as a core feature of their products.

Signal, the encrypted messaging app, gained worldwide popularity based on the same premise, and it's not surprising to see the company highlight privacy issues present on rival platforms. In a blog post titled "The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you," Signal reveals how it got banned from trying to buy ads that would show Instagram users what personal data is collected by Facebook and how it's used to push targeted ads.

Signal says that Facebook doesn't build technology for users, but instead for their data. It argues that the ad tools developed by Facebook have the "potential to divulge what is otherwise unseen," noting that its Instagram ad campaign was to display some of the user information collected by the platform. "Facebook is more than willing to sell visibility into people’s lives, unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used," says the privacy-focused company, whose advertising account was banned for attempting to show these ads on Instagram.

The social media giant has also been engaged in a similar privacy battle with Apple, which recently released iOS 14.5.1 with an ad tracking opt-out feature that lets users block apps from cross-service tracking and pushing targeted advertising.

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NicktheWVAHick

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It’s a social networking behemoth that takes all the most intimate and personal information about you that you, the user, willingly and freely consent to allow it to do, and then sells it all over the world to complete strangers & psychopaths in order to make billions and billions of dollars all at your (the user) expense.
 

BadThad

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Farcebook, what a disgusting mess run by a complete power junkie who's only interested in keeping his money and power. That's why he subscribes to the leftist state of mind. It's his best shot at keeping money and power.
 

Michael7

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How bizarre. It was just few weeks back that Facebook run an ad campaign against Apple's new ad tracking restrictions which seriously affect Facebook's data collections practices on Apple's devices. Their entire business model and purpose is to spy on it's users so the data collected about them can be sold to the highest bidder. "Delete Facebook".
 

Athlonite

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It’s a social networking behemoth that takes all the most intimate and personal information about you that you, the user, willingly and freely consent to allow it to do, and then sells it all over the world to complete strangers & psychopaths in order to make billions and billions of dollars all at your (the user) expense.

You mean Sociopath not Psychopath