What I found works for me is to use Multi-Account Containers with Facebook being forced-open in a specific container (that's only for Facebook) and then using Firefox's built in Content Blocking to block trackers in other containers (Content Blocking -> Custom -> In All Windows).
This allows you to use Facebook but makes it significantly harder for them to track you across other sites (via shadow accounts or your actual profile).
For example this works for Stackoverflow where I see:
> The resource at “https://graph.facebook.com/[xxxx]/picture?type=large” was blocked because content blocking is enabled.
On mobile I simply don't install Facebook's apps and use the mobile web browser and still receive notifications via that.
(Which, don't get me wrong, I think MAC is a great feature and use it myself for all sorts of sites. But it can be complicated to get your head wrapped around, particularly if you're not a professional nerd. Which is why this kind of set-it-and-forget-it alternative has some value.)
Containers are okay, but, I wish they had their own database for things like saved passwords and addresses. I still end up using a separate profile for work, because I don't want _anything_ from work on my personal profile. Although, if entire container profiles can disappear with an update, that could be even more of a hassle.
To be clear though, FPI is the real weapon here against things like Facebook tracking.
When I was visiting a foreign country I began receiving emails from facebook to try and get me to login, with FB marketplace results customized for the region I was in... this was very concerning and shows they are not only collecting vast amounts of data, but they have a good mechanism in place for persistent tracking of devices & users all over the planet
And you're also tracked across (basically) all websites, because they all have this "helpful" Like button embedded.
If SO wanted to make a goodwill gesture they'd get rid of ajax.googleapis.com for their jQuery source. It's 2019, just replace it with vanilla.
firefox focus for somewhat botnet-free browsing
Why not? I have an actively used Facebook account, and also run all my traffic through PiHole.
I care about privacy but there are bigger fish to fry. This is not structural and hosting your own stuff (like your avatar) is a part of the old Internet I miss.
It would be foolish of them to enable this by default.
"Privacy Badger automatically learns to block invisible trackers."
Tracking (including third-party tracking) seems like a feature.
I don't see how this follows. What does SO have to gain by allowing FB to track SO users? Just seems like laziness to me.
>If you don't like Facebook, get rid of it. I have. And I still have friends.
>Let Facebook advertise really specific to you. Weirdly specific, it might be useful. *
*might get blackmailed later if you were doing socially unacceptable things.
But you could not participate in Facebook, the same company you are trying to avoid.
That doesn't stop Facebook from tracking you, though. It only makes the tracking a bit coarser.
But I do not see a good alternative to StackOverflow available now.