It used to be said that:
If you pay for a product, you’re a customer. If you don’t, you’re the product.
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It seems there is no way to prevent this.
Facebook recently did the same thing, just more sneakily. They state you can use your privacy settings to opt out of having your name and profile picture used in anyone else’s advertisement, but default the setting to opted in, of course. Go to your privacy settings on Facebook to disable.
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Personally, I prefer to endorse products I like on my blog. I do not want nor permit Facebook or Instagram to use my name, likeness or any of my images to promote, endorse, advertise or sell products without my express permission (and I should get paid for it too).
I understand these companies need to find ways to make money. Abusing their user’s reputations is the wrong way to go.
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