How to Stop Facebook From Showing Your Profile Picture in Ads

Facebook has a plethora of privacy settings that let you deny access at various to levels to Facebook users including your own friends. But there are times when you may not be fully aware of what Facebook might be doing with your own profile. Once such instance is that henceforth Facebook will start using your photos in Facebook’s social ads that will appear on the profile page of your contacts. It’s legal and it is mentioned in their Privacy Policy when you create an account with Facebook.

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If you don’t wish to allow Facebook to use your profile or photos in promoting their services in any which way or form, you can follow the steps outlined here to stop Facebook from using your Name or Profile photo in their Facebook Social Ads.

  • Go to your Account Settings > Facebook Ads (Direct link)

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  • From the menu option “Allow ads on platform pages to show my information to” Select “No one”
  • You may also scroll down to further Select “No one” from “Show my social actions in Facebook Ads to” option as well.

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Although there is seemingly no harm from allowing Facebook to use your account in their ads, some people prefer to keep their Facebook account very private. This would help those people who wish to maintain their privacy all the time.

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6 thoughts on “How to Stop Facebook From Showing Your Profile Picture in Ads”

  1. i thought that they were using the users name by their consent. Thanks for sharing now we block facebook for doing the same.

  2. Jitendra Singh

    I think these are the application which first ask to accept their terms only then they can use. I couldnt know about this setting. Thanks for letting us know 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing this Meghan i didnt know that facebook ads uses the name and the photo of the users for the social ads.

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