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For the past few months we've noticed our friends randomly appearing in sidebar ads on Facebook and thought, "ZOMG Zuckerberg, are we all being used so you can pick up all of our friends for your third-party app-monkeys?

At left, you see Tom Lewis aka TV Junkie purporting to endorse a Facebook App. Sure, he probably is a Facebook "fan" of the app but we doubt he realizes that his image is being used in this manner on his friends' sidebar. Nice shades, though, Tom.

Turns out there is a way to opt out of appearing in such paid ads for Facebook Apps, although it is not entirely easy to find the opt-out page.