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"Signal Shares the Instagram Ads Facebook Doesn't Want You to See"


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Encrypted messaging app Signal has had a series of Instagram ads blocked from the social media platform, after it attempted to show users how much data the Facebook-owned company collects about them and how it's used to push targeted ads.

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The starkly transparent ads used Signal branding and featured the user's professional role, education, interests, hobbies, location, and relationship status, amongst other personal data points pruned from their interaction with the platform. Unsurprisingly, the ads never made it to Instagram users' feeds and Signal's ad account for the platform was summarily disabled.

 

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Not that we didn't know this was happening on some level, but it is shocking to read these blurbs. 

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Oh yikes.  As you mentioned, we all know this is already taking place but like you said - damn that is direct as ish at a person. 

 

Imagine the ones they didn't feed to people:

 

"You got this ad because you're a sadist who is into S&M, and you're extremely overweight. This ad used your location to see you're in South Central Los Angeles. You're into devil worship and thinking about marrying a goat."

 

 

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