How To Stop Facebook Advertisers From Using You

You have to love the creativity of advertisers. We’re always finding ways to push products, and this new world of technology is only making it more fun — for us.

But as we’re able to target more and more work, consumers are realizing that they’re being taken advantage of in ways that they can’t even follow.

Facebook is a great one.

Did you know that if you are a fan of some company, or belong to a group or cause, those firms can create and place ads on Facebook that will appear to YOUR friends? The kicker is, YOUR picture will be in their ad, as if you’re endorsing them.

Sneaky, eh? I agree.

So here’s how to get yourself out of that jam. It’s seven steps, but they are really easy:

UPDATED 12/19/12

Step 1. Log in to your Facebook Account.
Step 2. Go to Settings in the top right navigation bar.
Step 3. Choose “Privacy Settings” from the pull down menu.
Step 4. Click on “Edit Settings” next to “Ads, Apps and Websites” in the Privacy setting choice in the list.
Step 5. Toward the bottom, click on “Edit Settings” next to “Ads”
Step 6. Again, toward the bottom, find the drop down menu and choose “no one”.

That’s it. You’re out.

Now we’ll see what tomorrow brings.


  1. Jamie
    February 27, 2009

    Thanks for the post. I have seen so many blogs about how people hate this and they hate Facebook because of reasons that are so easily fixed. I like Facebook BECAUSE they allow you to change things such as this and control how you want to be advertised to. If only others knew…

  2. Chrisanne
    April 3, 2009

    Thanks for this great information. I had no idea they could do that.

  3. Lindsay
    November 17, 2012

    I was just told about this from a friend, but can’t find the settings. Does this still exist, or has facebook removed this with the changes they have made?

    • December 19, 2012

      Yes, this exists. We just updated this post to include changes Facebook made to the page. Is it possible they were trying to hide something?