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In-app browsers (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) found to track everything that users do.

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Do not browse the web in in-app browsers (e.g. in apps like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok). Experience is bad. Those apps also INJECT TRACKING INSTRUCTIONS. They control every interaction, all that is typed, clicked... Browse with normal web browsers.

Aug 21, 2022

Lukasz Olejnik | Aug 21, 2022

How Facebook Manipulates You Using Dark Patterns

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"A 6 minute video below that explains how Facebook's UI employs dark patterns that make users share more data than they may intend."

Aug 06, 2022

Luiza Jarovsky | Aug 06, 2022

Facebook's "mute notifications" UI uses confusing language and provides only provides temporary options (e.g. 15 mins).

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"fun lil deceptive UI pattern from (apparently desperate) F*cebook this morning: I updated my phone & shortly after got a push notification from FB - I’ve had those turned entirely off for at least 3-4 years! so I go spelunking in the settings…"

Aug 06, 2022

Cyd Harrell | Aug 06, 2022

Facebook’s Dark Pattern Design, Public Relations and Internal Work Culture

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This study examines Facebook's issues by analyzing leaked documents and published news articles. It outlines the dark patterns that the company has applied, and discusses how they promote toxic behavior, hate speech and disinformation.

Aug 06, 2022

Pekka Kallioniemi | Aug 06, 2022

Facebook makes it tricky to decline an invitation

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The user needs to click a small button labelled "..." then select "Decline", then ignore the main button (despite it being the thing they requested) and select the less obvious secondary button labelled "Confirm".

Jan 16, 2022

Zach Collier | Jan 16, 2022

In order to refuse cookies, Facebook makes users click a button titled “Accept Cookies”. You have to laugh

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"In order to refuse the deposit of cookies,m internet users must click on a button entitled "Accept cookies", displayed in the second window."

Jan 06, 2022

Mark Di Stefano | Jan 06, 2022

Cookies: the CNIL fines GOOGLE a total of 150 million euros and FACEBOOK 60 million euros for non-compliance with French legislation

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Following investigations, the CNIL noted that the websites, and do not make refusing cookies as easy as to accept them. It thus fines FACEBOOK 60 million euros and GOOGLE 150 million euros and orders them to comply within three months.

Jan 06, 2022

CNIL | Jan 06, 2022

How Facebook decided to capitalise on your muscle memory .

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The instagram redesign involved moving a new shopping button to where the "like" button used to be, causing many users to tap it by mistake.

Nov 20, 2020

kwiecinski_one | Nov 20, 2020

Wired: How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices

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Social media platforms repeatedly use so-called dark patterns to nudge you toward giving away more of your data.

Aug 12, 2020

Arielle Pardas | Aug 12, 2020

Dark patterns identified in the consent-obtaining mechanisms of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft

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Qualitative evaluation of the consent-obtaining mechanisms implemented and used by the five big tech companies, i.e. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft (GAFAM)

Apr 15, 2020

SoheilHuman | Apr 15, 2020

Facebook hijacks your back button, generating 12 entries for each page you visit.

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Facebook makes it hard for users to leave facebook via their browser's back button.

Nov 22, 2019

xichael | Nov 22, 2019

Facebook App: fake message alert.

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That Facebook and its #UX#darkpattern When you are on the web, it shows you a message that does not exist to download the messaging app, Hook Model in action.

Nov 16, 2019

cchavezhello | Nov 16, 2019

Facebook's "friend request" list becomes an "invite friends" list as you scroll down, making it easy to mistakenly invite friends.

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"Facebook users are prompt with a list of friend requests. They start tapping the ‘Confirm’ buttons, repeatedly, one after the other. At some point, the list starts showing suggestions instead of requests, but since the UI is almost identical, users easily miss this important difference, resulting in some unwanted friend requests."

Jun 26, 2019

GilBouhnick | Jun 26, 2019

Facebook: misleading notifications when not signed in.

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Facebook's #darkpatterns at work again. I don't have any notifications, yet it keeps showing that I have when I am not logged in.

Feb 25, 2019

shubhamjainco | Feb 25, 2019

Facebook's data deletion dark pattern.

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Facebook switches the style of the "confirm" and "cancel" buttons, which will frequently cause users to mistakenly click the wrong button.

Sep 16, 2018

th3userscene | Sep 16, 2018

Facebook and Google accused of using 'dark patterns' to mislead users into sharing personal data

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News article responding to the Norwegian Consumer Council's "Deceived by Design" report.

Jun 28, 2018

Binder, Matt | Jun 28, 2018

Deceived By Design

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A fantastic report by the Norwegian Consumer Council that explains how tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy. Facebook, Google and Windows 10 are named and shamed.

Jun 27, 2018

Author unknown | Jun 27, 2018

Facebook: “Ghost” Stories.

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Instead of the usual blank stories section, Facebook includes “ghost stories” of your friends that haven’t posted a story in a while when there are no stories available. When the user clicks on it it tells the user that your friend hasn’t posted to their story in a while.

Apr 05, 2017

Gray et al. | Apr 05, 2017

Facebook: Emotional Manipulation.

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Instead of letting users simply deactivate their account, Facebook shows users some of their friends that “would miss them” and also tries to convince the user to stay offering a counter-argument to whatever reason they select.

Mar 23, 2017

Gray et al. | Mar 23, 2017

Facebook's Notification Dark Pattern.

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There's a red exclamation mark indicating something is wrong with my Notification Settings. The copy [...] implies that Facebook Messenger isn't allowed to use iOS' notification system. [...] But the iOS notifications setting screen [...] show that Facebook Messenger does have access to the iOS notifications system - I just don't have it set up the way Facebook wants me to."

Nov 01, 2016

Chris Enns | Nov 01, 2016