“Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network,” Amar Toor reports for The Verge. “As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, ‘like’ buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike.”

“The change is a subtle one, but it could mean Facebook will soon help to sell and place a much larger portion of the video and display ads that appear across the Internet. The change will also intensify competition with Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google, which dominates the global digital-advertising market, and a wide range of other online ad specialists,” Jack Marshall reports for The Wall Street Journal. “‘Publishers and app developers have some users who aren’t Facebook users. We think we can do a better job powering those ads,’ said Andrew Bosworth, vice president of Facebook’s ads and business platform.”

“To date, Facebook has only showed ads across its Audience Network to Facebook users, targeted based on information the company has collected about its users’ tastes and behaviors,” Marshall reports. “Now Facebook plans to collect information about all Internet users, through ‘like’ buttons and other pieces of code present on Web pages across the Internet. It will then use the information it collects to target ads to non-Facebook users. ‘Our buttons and plugins send over basic information about users’ browsing sessions. For non-Facebook members, previously we didn’t use it. Now we’ll use it to better understand how to target those people,’ Mr. Bosworth said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Facebook is taking on and hitting Google where it hurts. It’s the War of the Creeps!

Beyond the privacy aspect, Facebook is Creepster Central. It’s a Narcissists’ Paradise. In general, yuck. — MacDailyNews, March 27, 2015

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