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How to See Your Facebook Ad Preferences


Recently, we told you 3 ways Google knows what ads to prove you. Facebook is similar to Google in the fact that much of the information they use for advertising is info you have while utilizing the platform.

According to Pew Research Center, it’s estimated that a little over half( 54%) of Facebook users have adjusted their privacy sets in the past 12 months but most users don’t understand how the newsfeed actually runs. Additionally, many users are not aware that the site uses their traits and interests for ad intents. Pew’s research also found that many users feel uncomfortable with the facts of the case that Facebook maintains a list of user behavior and interests that can be accessed via the Ad Preferences page. Many users said this list was not accurate.

With all of that being said, what have you communicated to Facebook that you are interested in? Are your interests accurate?

Let’s take a look.

Your Facebook Ad Preferences

You can head to https :// www.facebook.com/ ads/ about/? entry_product= ad_preferences to learn more about the advertising process on Facebook. As a PPC pro, you probably already know how this works, but you can easily find a link to how to manage your ad preferences and place data.

The above chart outlines the different ways that Facebook advertisers reach users with targeted advertisements.

How to Manage Your Ad Predilection

Clicking” Manage your ad predilections” will show you several different options, all of which I would recommend reviewing.

Let’s hop into each of these sections.

Interest Targeting

There will be a( likely) big list of interests across business and industry; news and entertainment; travelling, places, and events; shopping and manner; as well as additional options if you click the “more” dropdown.

If you hover above the specific interests, you will see why this predilection or interest is saved.

If you’d rather not find ads from this advertiser or similar to this advertiser in the future, click the “X” in the corner.


This section will show you what advertisers might be targeting you via an uploaded contact list( audience ), retargeting to you based on web or app activity, retargeting via ads you’ve clicked or advertisers you have hidden.

Apparently, I got on quite a few automobile dealerships’ contact lists.

If you’re not interested in these advertisers, click the “X” to opt out of future ads.

Your Information

Have you ever get an ad about a life event? Facebook is likely pulling from the information listed on your profile. This section allows you to choose if your demographic information, company and job info, education, etc ., can be used to provide more relevant ads.

Toggle these on and off as preferred. Turning these options off will not impact the information displayed on your profile.


This section can tell you what categories Facebook’s advertisers may be using to reach you.

This information can be demographic information( parents ), how you access Facebook( WiFi vs. mobile devices) if you’re a page admin, how you might engage with political content, if you’re interested in amusement, athletics, etc ., and potential consumer opportunities.

Below is what my categories look like. I recently moved, so it’s likely that Facebook thinks I might be in the market for a new mobile device and plan in the future.( Facebook is wrong)

However, some of my team members had much more about their shopping interests, hobbies, and demographic information.

If you’re not interested in any of these, you can remove these just like in previous sections.

Ad Settings

Ads based on data from partners

This section allows you to turn on or off whether advertisers provide data about your activity off of Facebook products.

Facebook says” Ads based on data from partners. To show you better ads, we use data that advertisers and other partners provide us about your activity off Facebook Company Products .”

It also says that” Data from partners includes your utilize of partners’ websites and apps and certain offline interactions with them, such as purchases. We don’t sell your data or tell advertisers who you are.

This setting applies to ads you insure across Facebook Company Products, including Facebook and Instagram, as well as on websites, apps and devices that use Facebook’s advertising services .”

There was a recent change in this section, but if you had this preference to turn, Facebook didn’t change your selection. Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you watch elsewhere

This has to do with the Facebook Audience Network and whether or not you insure ads on their sites and apps.

I discovered it interesting that this is the region that Facebook chose to set more information about interesting, relevant ads and how user’s ad experiences might be different if they make changes to what personal information is and isn’t allowed to be used. It wasn’t easy to find this page.

Conceals Ad Topics

Alcohol, Parenting and Pet are 3 topics that you can mute for 6 months, 1 year or hide permanently.

If there are other topics you would like hidden, you are able to click” suggest other topics” and send ideas to Facebook for future additions.

Location Data Settings

In the Your Location section of the first menu I shared, you are able to click” Learn more about your locating data” to see what data Facebook has on recent locations.

My data is off, but if yours is on, you can click” view your place history” to insure a log of locations. When I clicked that button, Facebook stimulated me re-enter my password and then said ” Location History is off. Turning on Location History lets you explore what’s around you, get most relevant ads, and help improve Facebook. It allows Facebook to build a history of precise locations received through your device. Your Location History is private and secure. You can manage it in your location settings at any time .”


A good majority of my interests were accurate but there were some, like the car dealerships, that weren’t accurate any longer. Given the information I have Facebook, I do find these ad predilections to be more accurate than that of Google.

Were your interests and ad predilections correct? What could Facebook do differently? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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