By Sandra Rose  | 

Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook

It's war: Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, has announced new features that will prevent Facebook (and others) from tracking users on the Internet.

Netizens previously abandoned any hope for privacy when they surf the Internet.

Most Internet users are not aware of who is tracking them or listening to them via apps that access their microphones on their smartphones and browsers.

Cook announced the new Safari browser privacy features during an interview with CNN. He said issues around privacy on the Internet have "gotten out of control" and that some form of regulation would be fair, since Facebook is not regulating itself.

Zuckerberg lost thousands of Facebook users when news broke that a tech firm in England used the social network to drive voters to the Trump campaign.

"I think most people are not aware of who is tracking them, how much they're being tracked and the large amounts of detailed data that are out there about them," Cook said.

"So what we believe is one of the most offensive things is when you are on another website but this website that you were on three or four times earlier is still tracking what you're doing."

Apple's software boss Craig Federigh said, "We've all seen these Like buttons, and Share buttons and these comment fields. Well, it turns out these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not."

To resolve the issue, Apple unveiled a new Safari browser tool called "intelligent tracking prevention" that will limit how Facebook tracks users on the web.

The new Safari tools will "shut down" the ability of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to track users, including blocking Like and Share buttons that can be used by social media platforms to monitor web users.

The new tools will be available in the latest macOS 10.14 update, as well as iOS 12 for the iPhone and iPad.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • SweetTEE


  • missarewa

    Very good

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “So what we believe is one of the most offensive things is when you are on another website but this website that you were on three or four times earlier is still tracking what you’re doing.”

    Sandra! front and center Ma'am!

  • Allihave2say

    "Most Internet users are not aware of who is tracking them or listening to them via apps that access their microphones on their smartphones and browsers."

    I swear I've had conversations with my husband in person then log on the Net or Youtube and there's an ad related to our conversation. I'm like what a cowinkiedink.

  • AmericanDream

    It’s about time . I’m not on social media that much but it’s creepy to see ads for a company or an organization or anything related to what you were just browsing through in peace.Enough!

  • Rayne

    I sure do need this!

  • sunni_daze

    This is a great idea. I swear everything on my FB is blocked you can't even tag me in post unless I approve.

  • Scromes1212

    It's going to be interesting to see how Facebook reacts to this. They make a lot of money off tracking its users.

  • Kanyade

    yup. i've experienced this, too.

  • Trace da Ace

    ditto...hell I think the last time I went on my FB was sometime last year....its not my thing over it...

  • Trace da Ace

    have I ever told you I love your little smiley guys??? sooo cute!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    those are Sandra's old smileys from the original garden... the last thing we have from the old garden site *weeps softly*

  • RespectSelf

    lol But apple will still be tracking you smh

  • Stationarity

    I am as thinking the same thing! As much money as they make off apps and apps that track!

  • Stationarity

    Mozilla rolled aomething out in March. Idk why people don’t use it more.

  • iWasteTime

    who is going to declare war on Apple for doing the same??!

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Good! I’m tired of taking about something in the privacy of my own home and then open my phone to ig or go to a website and up pops a ad about what I was just talking about privately!!!

  • Allihave2say

    Disturbing. I see my cell signed into accounts/searches with business email address I use on my laptop or other sites. Weird to me.

  • SweetTEE

    I swear I thought I was tripping. This has absolutely happened to me.

  • SweetTEE

    Listen, if you could kindly post the two humping or the one that hides behind the door, I would really appreciate it. They used to have me WEAK lol

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    um, i don't belee i downloaded the 'humpers' SWEETEE!
    *stares disapprovingly*

  • Allihave2say

    I looked up some type of black seed a few days ago they prevent or cure cancer or something like that. When I logged onto YT in the top right corner was an advertisement about the effectiveness and the purchase.
    If I research a food or shampoo I see ads in yahoo, Amazon and YT. I don't like that.

  • Trace da Ace

    aww man....I wish I could get access to these (Aunty Sandy??)...cause when you post them, gives me life!

  • the guest


    Thank you Tim Cook!

    You see, Mark Zuckerberg is not just an entrepreneur, he’s a megalomaniac. He has a dangerous god complex and believes he’s entitled to everyone’s life.

    His intention behind co-creating then STEALING Facebook wasn’t to bring people together. It was to spy on and control the world’s population.

    And Mark Zuckerberg is so cunning he’s convinced the majority of the world’s population that they can’t live without giving him all access to their lives.

    As if Mark Zuckergerg has never just for kicks kicked back with a beer and read everyone’s profile and private messages. Everyone on FB, their lives are reality shows to Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I asked Sandra about this before and i think she said she'd see what she could do.

  • the guest

    I put fashionable stickers over my laptop microphone and camera.

    You know why?

    I read an article about how Mark Zuckerberg told an interviewer the reason he puts duct tape over his laptop mic and camera is to protect his privacy. To me that sounded like he knows something for a fact that not everyone knows about being spied on through their computers. I don’t like the look of duct tape, so instead I put fashionable stickers.

  • Allihave2say

    I've read that as well, I don't FB. I have business pages but not personal pages. I update the business only when significantly necessary. I'm baffled by the sharing of information. I now clean my cache and history every week.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    This is why I love Apple, when that bastard stole my phone he kept a knocking but his azz couldn't get in. And you can search for something online and come here and wallah it's here and I smh EVERY time.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout


  • cherrypie

    Me too! Go straight to IG

  • SweetTEE

    I dont like it either. I was thinking about getting a throw away and only use my regular cell for business. I work in ID Theft and I genuinely dont trust this ish.

  • SweetTEE

    I literally fell out!!!! Thanks!!

  • grenadiadrian

    Officially deleted my FB. Deactivated it first but after thinking about it, decided to just download an archive of my profile (had the damn thing since May 2005 when it was just for college kids), and put the word in to have it completely deleted. Man, let me tell you, it feels real good to get back into the real world and live and not be attached to FB anymore. South Park was so far ahead of the game when they did an episode on people's obsession with FB 8 years ago. In the words of Chris Partlow after Marlo shot Devonne: "It needed doin'".

  • Anunnaki

    No its real....I been saying this for the longest...they arecwatching, everything that says SMART" u are being watched..and monitored,..even in your privacy moments, got a smart phone or t.v, well its not private anymore

  • Coy little wink

    My ex works in IT he does this as well....

  • bella28498 .

    Tim Cook is the man

  • bella28498 .

    I stopped using Facebook 4 years ago

  • MoniquetheGeek
  • SweetTEE

    Thank YOU!!!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Been gone from FB done told Folks stalker central ... Smear campaign central ... Been gone ?

  • Hummingbird_225

    This is true. Was talking on the phone with my boo and told him I hadn’t ate this particular restaurant (Hamada) in a while. Well while we’re on the phone he gets on the Internet and there was an ad for said restaurant. So I said what a coincidence he said no bae they’re listening. Blew my mind ????

  • Ang

    The FBI director said you should cover your webcam. That's what made me think covering it wasn't just overthinking things or being paranoid the way some people make it seem. I wish he had made an offifical statement telling people to do that.

  • Hummingbird_225

    I deactivated mine in January and have no urge to go back. I think I may delete the account all together.

  • Ang

    FB was so much better when it was just for college kids. They let corporations take over and turn it into a marketing tool and got people obsessed. It's so annoying to be out with people who have to post every thing on FB every couple of minutes.

  • T3

    Yep. All the time. ?

  • the guest

    Mark Zuckerberg has serious mind control over the world’s population.

  • Allihave2say

    Yes. People have posted everything about themselves on FB, their family, likes, dislikes, interests, education, social status, relationship status, hate, anger, greed, crimes, children, everything you can imagine. So sad. I think there's a social experiment attached to FB. I read that Mark has been working on thought prediction based on algorithms and behavior like the Tom Cruise movie.

  • Jersey Girl

    Facts. ?????I left right before they opened the flood gates up to non college students..I was like oh it’s a wrap ??

  • the guest

    The slickest thing he has done is convince people they are voluntarily exposing their lives when in actuality their egos and narcissistic needs to “show off” are being manipulated and exploited.

  • the guest

    It needed doin’


  • Malai

    I permanently deleted my FB back in 2016. That was the most amazing feeling ever..ppl can’t find me and I LOVE IT lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    A wrap ... And when I left all hell broke loose ... Frauds on there

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    As long as the pedos can be tracked.



  • Jefferey Franklin

    If you honestly believe that Apple of all companies are the "private info police" your a idiot....

  • lovelygamour

    You guys need to be more proactive. Turn off location features. The only reason ads follow me is because trump signed a law last year. Google is following y'all around. Stop using so much goigle. Sign out when not using it. I have 4 back up goigle phones. I only signed into 1. Thats how they effectively track you. Dont allow auto sign in. Clear cookies, passwords, history everyday. Their laptop IS spyware. Only use it for fun.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I stopped using FB 2015 I check in once a year maybe and that's a big maybe

  • SDot

    Good Mark is wrong...even tho i like'em

  • grenadiadrian

    Man, every high school roach jumped off of Myspace with the quickness and brought their special blend of 11 herbs and ratchet to FB when it became open to the public.

  • grenadiadrian

    Man, every high school roach jumped off of Myspace with the quickness and brought their special blend of 11 herbs and ratchet to FB when it became open to the public.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Trues story

  • Allihave2say

    Yes. My sister will ask her husband about dinner plans on FB. I'm like who are they fronting for, she can't call or text him this question? They get new sneakers or go out of town and it has to be posted for the world to see. Risky business.

  • Blue

    That part. All of it.