Facebook app cannot be deleted on Samsung phones

A recent report published by Bloomberg revealed that some Samsung mobile users were unable to delete the Facebook application on their phones. Instead, they are only given an option to disable the app on their smartphone.

Background

Facebook, a social media and social networking site, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 along with some of his Harvard roommates. Almost instantly the site was a hit among its users and grew exponentially across the world. As of June 2017, Zuckerberg said that Facebook had two billion users monthly. In May 2017, however, it was reported that Facebook was a key influencer in the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential elections and the Brexit vote. Cambridge Analytica was revealed to have partnered with Ted Cruz and Donald Trump’s election campaigns. According to records, the Trump campaign paid the firm over $6 million.

Analysis

The media company Bloomberg, recently reported that many Samsung mobile phone users were unable to delete the inbuilt application, Facebook. They are only given an option of disabling the app than to discard it from their phones. 

Among many users, Nick Winke, a photographer said: "It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions.”

Samsung responded to USA TODAY and said that only select Samsung phones come with the inbuilt app and Facebook app users can choose to disable. They said: "The app is no longer running when it is disabled”.

Facebook declined to provide a list of the partners with which it has deals for permanent apps, saying that those agreements vary by region and type.

However, apart from the Android phones, Apple iPhones do not pre-install Facebook or any other third-party apps on its new phones.

Assessment

Our assessment is that the mounting problems for Facebook are not seeing an end even in this new year. We feel that these incidents only add to the growing fear Facebook has generated over data breaches and privacy attacks. We feel that in this crossfire, Samsung is also one of the bearers and will indeed see a negative sales impact.