You probably know by now, that there is a #DeleteFacebook movement sweeping the internet. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users across the world are terrified that Facebook has been using their accounts against them.
It all started when the scandal was brought to light after a whistleblower at Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm for Trump's campaign, admitted that they had access to millions of users' Facebook data.
It didn't take long for users to realize that they were able to download their own "Facebook Data" in order to find out exactly what information companies like Cambridge Analytica have on users like us.
Hold onto your hats, because this is completely terrifying.
Here's exactly how you can download your own "Facebook Data" file.
1. Open up your Facebook page.
2. Click on your Facebook "General Account" Settings.
3. Click "Download a copy of your Facebook data".
4. Verify that you would like the data file downloaded and sent to your attached email.
5. Open up your email and download the file. *Be prepared to wait a while before the data is sent.
It's simple enough.
After downloading the file and investigating exactly what information Facebook has stored on you, you may contemplate deleting your account or at least limiting your information.
Users that have downloaded their own data files have found extensive information on their previous contacts, call history, private telephone numbers from their phones, dozens of companies targeting them for ads, and complete conversations from Messenger.
Here are some examples of what users have found.
If you never understood what "being a product on $FB " means, go to Settings -> "Download a copy of your Facebook data." and then go to Ads tab to see the list of the companies that acquired your data. Mine is so long that it couldn't fit on my 34' monitor. pic.twitter.com/dIydW9o5ND— Łukasz Strzałkowski (@lukaszx0) March 22, 2018
Following the examples of others I recently downloaded a copy of my #FacebookData they even have record of private telephone numbers of contacts from my address book who are not on the platform! Totally reconsidering my presence there. pic.twitter.com/jt3Oiaj18D— seawildearth (@seawildearth) March 23, 2018
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP file— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner's mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
Well, that's it. Are you going to delete your account? Or just post less information on Facebook.
Let us know...