Trending at TwoSix: Facebook Interest Targeting
Posted: April 26, 2022
New Study Finds Facebook’s Interest Targeting is Inaccurate Around 30% of the Time
Facebook has recently condensed its interest categories during a time when changes to pixel and cookie tracking have led advertisers to rely even more on interest-based targeting. Interest-based targeting is a go-to among ad creators to reach their desired target market, but it may not seem as accurate as you would like to believe.
Interest-based targeting does work to a certain degree because it’s learning about users through their activity in the app.
An experiment by North California State University studied interests through Facebook-controlled data through 14 new blank slate accounts were tracked. It seemed that simply scrolling through a page determined that the user was interested in that subject. It also seemed that any engagement whatsoever would suggest interest to Facebook, even if that engagement were negative.
The study showed that Facebook incorrectly inferred interest when someone liked Apple, the tech company, it thought they also liked apples the fruit, which could be true because apples are delicious, but still, it’s not the same thing.
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