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Why is Facebook suddenly sending notifications thru Opera?

  • Today when I turned on my device, I was suddenly receiving notifications from Facebook via my Opera app. I never okayed this! I would never. Not thru Opera and not thru FB! I do not have the Facebook app, nor Messenger because I find them to be invasive and disrespectful of my privacy. While I did allow Opera to remember my FB password, I have never accepted or "allowed" a single notification for any website - EVER. Least of all, Facebook.

    I tracked down where (out of the blue today) my Opera settings were allowing Facebook to send their notifications thru my browser, and shut it off (Under Opera settings, then site settings, then notifications and finally notifications.)

    Creepier yet, I shut them off (of course!) then left the page, and decided I would "double check" because
    If it did it "automatically" once, why wouldn't it do it again? Sure enough, my settings change did NOT activate! Facebook was again "allowed" to send notifications thru Opera! So...rinse and repeat. When I check yet again, what are the odds FB will have permission again?

    Was there some update that automatically allowed this?!? And if so, why wouldn't you announce that you were going to link to Facebook automatically, so those of us who keep a FB profile only for limited purposes, but also don't want FB harassing them all day long, can control what content is buzzing them all day long? This feels like a huge invasion of privacy! It is nearly enough for me to delete my FB account, and look into other browsers with more control over certain website settings. No Site should have carte blanche control over a person's device, data, content or attention -- thats why I don't use Google! Do I now have to go thru every setting option every time the Opera app updates, in case my privacy settings have been changed by some unknown entity? Is this happening to others? Or is it just some freak occurence on my device?

    Whatever the reason... It is unacceptable. So creepy!

  • Hi @rhr11

    Thank you for your report! While I am pretty sure it is not related to Opera Mini, I have checked it with Opera for Android team and you definitely should be able to turn the notifications off (ie. "block"). If you are not able to do so, report a bug through the application, please - it will help the team reproduce the issue and work on it.

    I am moving your report to Android/Opera for Android board.


  • @kaniolek
    Thank you

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