Samsung imposes Facebook on its smartphone customers and blocks uninstall

  • Samsung imposes Facebook on its smartphone customers and blocks uninstall

Samsung imposes Facebook on its smartphone customers and blocks uninstall

Facebook can only be "disabled" on Samsung phones, which means the app will forever remain on the phone in some form.

The report adds that programers have been filing bug reports on developer platforms to notify that the Facebook SDK automatically shares data "before apps are able to ask users to agree or consent".

Photographer Nick Winke tried to remove the pre-installed app from his phone - and found he couldn't.

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.

'Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? If you can not delete an app, it means that you don't have full control over your experience on your shiny new phone and it feels like they don't want to leave your phone and away from your precious data. "We the consumer should have [a] say in what we want and don't want on our products".

The Bloomberg story quotes a Facebook spokesperson as saying the disabled app is effectively uninstalled as is no longer collects data for Facebook, but if that's the case then why prevent its removal? Samsung has declined to provide a list of its partners, but it's not Samsung Mobile in general, as every Samsung phone would ship with a "permanent" Facebook application, which is not the case.

Samsung too has few smartphones that come pre-installed with Facebook apps and the company has also released several apps that link its devices to Facebook. Unfortunately, you can't remove or uninstall a lot of them like other downloaded apps from the Google PlayStore. So it's not clear what simply having the defunct pre-loaded app on your phone could do, other than be annoying.

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

"Very slimy. Been a Samsung customer for 10 years".

Another user, Justin McMurry, tweeted in December about concerns over the potential privacy threat posed by the Facebook app. I was recently using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the pre-installed Facebook, as well as Instagram apps, refused to work without updating to the latest version. 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.

"I understand Samsung is trying to make it easy for the user, but I don't like that it does not allow me to uninstall", he said.