Samsung Phone Users Get a Shock: They Can't Delete Facebook

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The story states that Facebook's app comes pre-installed in select Samsung devices and users can only disable it, but can't delete it from their phones. And if it did, why couldn't he just remove it from his phone?

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.

Smartphone giant Samsung has apparently struck a deal with Facebook to force the installation of the app on its phones. I recently did a factory reset of my old Samsung Galaxy S7 in order to bequeath it to my son. In a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt revealed a sharp increase in reported mental health issues among U.S. teenagers and young adults in the last decade.

Some Samsung phone users can't delete pre-installed Facebook apps
Facebook can't be deleted on some Samsung phones

Winke said in an interview with Bloomberg, 'It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions.

Most mobile phones come with some apps pre-loaded onto them, like email and messenger clients, or other utilities.

"Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? We the consumer should have [a] say in what we want and don't want on our products".

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"Samsung only ship the stub version of Facebook on their phones". While these apps are the ones that are nearly a necessity on smartphones these days, the absence of an option to remove them is irksome. 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. Disabled apps are claimed to be as good as uninstalled apps and they don't take up valuable resources.

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Basically, you can't use or log in to Facebook unless you decide to update the placeholder app.

There are also financial incentives for phone manufacturers to sign pre-install deals. Facebook has been under fire over the past year over multiple security breaches and data privacy scandals, and the permanent app issue is now being brought to wider attention on social media.

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Ideally, it's time for Android companies to follow Apple's practice and give people an option. A smartphone is meant to be used with a internet so it safe to assume that anyone who wants to use Facebook on the phone will be able to download it.

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