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Do you want that 'custom browser' on TikTok or Facebook? Here's what you need to know.

By Tatum Hunter

13 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Many social media apps offer their own browsers to open links. This feature explains why you should always open links in external browsers to avoid additional tracking.

When you want to open a link on Instagram or TikTok, your first instinct might be to just click on it. But be aware: You could be revealing whatever you do next to social media companies.

A recent report highlighted the use of "custom browsers" by iOS social apps, calling out Facebook parent Meta and TikTok for continuing to build their own in-app browsers rather than using the one Apple provides that comes with some built-in privacy protections.

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