Security Researchers: Facebook ‘Injects’ Code to Track Everything You Do After Clicking on Links

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by Lucas Nolan, Breitbart:

Facebook (now known as Meta) has reportedly been rewriting websites that its users visit, allowing the company to track them across the web after they click links in its app by “injecting” tracking code. The security researcher that sounded the alarm say that the tracking code allows Mark Zuckerberg to “monitor all user interactions, like every button and link tapped, text selections, screenshots, as well as any form inputs, like passwords, addresses and credit card numbers.”

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The Guardian reports that a security researcher alleges that Facebook has been rewriting websites that its users visit and allowing the company to track them across the web after clicking links in its apps.

Mark Zuckerberg surrounded by guards

Mark Zuckerberg surrounded by guards ( Chip Somodevilla /Getty)

Mark Zuckerberg introduces Meta (Facebook)

Facebook and Instagram have been taking advantage of the fact that users who click links are taken to webpages in an “in-app browser” which is controlled by the apps rather than redirecting them to their device’s native browser.

Felix Krause, a privacy researcher who founded an app development tool acquired by Google in 2017, stated: “The Instagram app injects their tracking code into every website shown, including when clicking on ads, enabling them [to] monitor all user interactions, like every button and link tapped, text selections, screenshots, as well as any form inputs, like passwords, addresses and credit card numbers.”

Facebook said in a statement that injecting a tracking code was in line with users’ preferences on whether or not they allowed apps to follow them and the code was only used to aggregate data before being applied for targeted advertising or measurement purposes for users that opted out of tracking.

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