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Facebook literally can’t be deleted on some Samsung phones

10 January 2019

It can be disabled through from the settings, but if someone doesn't want to use Facebook on the phone, which makes flawless sense given all the data and privacy scandals involving Samsung, the app cannot be removed.

Facebook is causing an uproar amongst Android phone owners after discovering the app can not be permanently deleted. People either install the app willingly to their phones and in a lot of cases, you will find the app already pre-installed for you.

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. "Companies should be filing public documents on these deals, and Facebook should turn over public documents that show there is no data collection when the app is disabled".

'Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? Well, in a ideal world, we'd be able to delete all the apps that we do not need from our phones, that's not the case.

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- Justin McMurry (@BoutSebm) December 6, 2018@SamsungMobileIN very slimy sneaking in @facebook and @instagram on to my phone w/o consent under the #SamsungUltra apps. "We the consumer should have a say in what we want and don't want on our products".

Of course, this is old news to long-time Samsung phone users - at least to those who've tried getting rid of Facebook - as the app comes preloaded on certain models, even non-carrier specific unlocked units and it can't be deleted.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, when the app is disabled it acts as though it has been deleted.

Some devices in some regions, come with Facebook pre-installed.

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This correspondent can confirm that this doesn't just apply to new phones.

Many parents, this one included, have decided that their children should not use any form of social media, including IM apps such as Whatsapp, due to the threat they pose to their mental health.

Facebook added: "We do this in a transparent manner by explaining the practice through our Data Policy and Cookies Policy, and by using Google's advertising identifier, which can be controlled centrally by people using their device settings". "Been a Samsung customer for 10 years". "If I can't delete it, this will be the last Samsung product I ever own".

"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.

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Facebook literally can’t be deleted on some Samsung phones