Facebook admitted that it tracks users’ location even after they turned-off their location services. Facebook made clarification while responding to the senators’ inquiry. According to a letter sent to two US senators and published by The Hill, the company clarified although Facebook can not directly access the location it still gets the approx location details based on their activities and connections they use.
“When location services are off, Facebook may still understand people’s locations using information people share through their activities on Facebook or through IP addresses and other network connections they use … as part of using Facebook, people may provide Facebook with specific information about their location … they may check-in at a restaurant or a store, or apply a location tag to a photo, or their friend might tag them in a check-in post.”
Facebook said it needs to track the users’ location for targeted ads. “By necessity, virtually all ads on Facebook are targeted based on location, though most commonly ads are targeted to people within a particular city or some larger region.”
In past Facebook has been criticized for its location-tracking practices. Rivals Apple and Twitter also slammed Facebook for not letting users to opt-out.