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Signal said Facebook shut down its advertising account after the privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy Instagram ads showing how the social media giant collects data

Posted On: May 15, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike.
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Signal said it tried to buy Instagram ads that would show users how Facebook targets them.
The ads would display personal information about users that Facebook uses when targeting ads.
But Signal said Facebook responded by shutting its account down.
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Facebook blocked ads that Signal wanted to buy that would show Instagram users the data that Facebook collects from them, according to the encrypted messaging company. In a blog post entitled "The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you," Signal said the likes of Facebook are driven to collect people's data to sell, and the company wanted to showcase how that technology works. So it tried to buy "multi-variant targeted" ads on Instagram "designed to show you the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to." Facebook responded by shutting down Signal's account, the blog post said. "Being transparent about how ads use people's...

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