Apple's "Ask not to Track" popups are a disaster for Facebook. 94% of US IOS 14.5 users have thus far opted in.

TN Lion

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'Ask app not to Track' is winning​

Anna Kramer writes: Facebook was right to be afraid of iOS 14.5. Apple's new privacy tracking opt-out is proving even more popular than expected: About 85% of users worldwide have opted out of ad-tracking when prompted, Flurry Analytics found, and that number leaps to around 94% for U.S. users.

  • This might still be early-adopter behavior, though. Flurry data shows that it can take three to five weeks for about 60% to 75% of users to adopt a major iOS update.
  • And it's not a perfect representation. The Verizon-owned analytics company says that Flurry is used in over 1 million apps, and that it is collecting and publishing daily updates to its opt-in data aggregated from user behavior for those apps.
This will be making a lot of people very nervous. Developers have tried everything to get people to allow tracking. Some we've seen simply explain how the ad business works, while others make veiled threats about what might happen if the business goes away. None of it seems to be working.

Let's assume this isn't going to get better, or at least not a lot better. This level of opt-out means a huge hit to the company's advertising business. What does Facebook do?

  • It's going to invest even more in first-party products, hoping to keep users inside the Facebook universe where it can still track them.
  • It's also going to accelerate things like AR and VR, trying to move the world onto platforms it owns so that it doesn't have to play these games anymore.
  • And it's going to throw even more weight into its fight with Apple, as it becomes yet another developer who feels wronged by the App Store.
Meanwhile, Apple presses on. It's currently hiring for dozens of slots on its advertising team, and as we mentioned yesterday it added Antonio García Martínez, the former Facebook exec and "Chaos Monkeys" author, to its roster. Its job listings make a point of the company's privacy-focused approach. It's definitely easier to be "the privacy option" when you're also the only option. But as long as Apple's allowed to control every pixel of its platform, it's going to do so. And make a killing in the process.
 

The Spin Meister

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Going to be quite the battle. Godzilla vs King Kong. Will Google jump in? What about Microsoft? Must say I am not surprised by the numbers. No need to opt in when you can get what you need very easily. The long term consequences could be impactful on us all. Perhaps Facebook goes to pay to play eventually.