According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple software chief Craig Federighi told the audience at the conference: "“We’ve all seen these ‘like’ buttons and ‘share’ buttons. Well, it turns out, these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not. And so this year, we are shutting that down.”
Apple has made privacy a selling point for its devices for some time now and, as iTWire reported, has also made changes to the USB Restricted Mode in iOS so that third-party bids to crack passcodes would be limited.
But, if it proves to be popular, the possibility of Google adopting a similar feature for Chrome, both on desktop operating systems and its Android mobile operating system, would increase the pressure on Facebook to react.
Firefox already has the ability to block out Facebook's attempts to slurp data through buttons on websites.