If you use Facebook or Instagram be careful! Know everything you do on the Internet

Deepak Gupta August 13, 2022
Updated 2022/08/13 at 8:39 AM

Privacy has always been an issue for users of social networks like Facebook or Instagram. Meta does not look for ways to obtain information, something it does silently and without warning.

A recent analysis of Facebook and Instagram apps revealed a troubling reality. These apps collect user data by injecting code into visited web pages.




This is not a new situation for users of Meta's social networks. They try to collect as much information from their users as possible, especially what they do outside their sites and their own network, an area they control from the beginning.

Google Security Investigator Felix Krause revealed now the results of an investigation you have carried out. When evaluating the iOS apps from Facebook and Instagram, he discovered the presence of javascript code, dedicated to monitoring users.

The idea of ​​this code that is injected into pages is to collect information about users' habits and what they do on the pages visited. Unfortunately, it was not possible to find out whether data such as passwords or codes are collected by this internal browser.

Facebook Instagram Meta sites injected

This situation only happens when users use the Facebook and Instagram app's internal browser. In these situations, Safari is no longer being used, but the proposal that is inside these apps and that can thus be controlled in a greater and more detailed way.

Interestingly, and from what Felix Krause revealed, WhatsApp apps and many others do not have this behavior. The big difference is that they don't use internal browsers and use whatever the system is using on a daily basis.

Meta, however, has already reacted to this situation, defending itself against the accusations presented. It revealed that it follows the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) rules established by Apple. The company added that the JavaScript code it adds helps aggregate events, such as online purchases, before those events are used for targeted advertising or measurement purposes.

fbq('init', '1664527397186427'); // Insert your pixel ID here.
fbq('track', 'PageView');
(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/pt_PT/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3&appId=122308327859118";
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

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