Facebook has had a rough ride of it lately, following a data breach scandal that's led to people being urged to cut loose from the social media platform and delete their profiles.
Essentially, people are becoming increasingly aware of the overwhelming amount of information the site has about its 2.2 billion users; everything from our phone numbers to where we go on holiday, our addresses and even our political views. But if you're interested in finding out exactly what stuff they know about you, it turns out there's a simple way to access it.
As LifeHacker points out, the act of accessing this data is oddly easy - but what it contains will probably be pretty alarming. All you have to do is navigate to your your Facebook settings and click 'Download a copy of your data' at the bottom.
It'll take 10 minutes or so to collate all the information (there's a lot of it, remember) but once it's ready you'll get a notification which directs you to the download page. After entering your password, the data begins downloading and it's all yours to peruse at your leisure.
Twitter user Dylan Curran recently posted a series of tweets enlightening his followers about all the information he discovered Facebook had about him after downloading his own personal data dump (all 400,000 pages of it).
10. Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information, mine was roughly 600mb, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
12. Facebook also stores what it think you might be interested in based off the things you've liked and what you and your friends talk about (I apparently like the topic 'Girl') pic.twitter.com/fqKiNlfATO— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
13. Somewhat pointlessly, they also store all the stickers you've ever sent on Facebook (I have no idea why they do this, it's just a joke at this stage) pic.twitter.com/4F5sExbynf— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
14. They also store every time you log into Facebook, where you logged in from, what time, and from what device pic.twitter.com/iWXSPm5Peh— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
15. And they store all the applications you've ever had connected to your Facebook account, so they can guess I'm interested in politics and web and graphic design, that I was single between X and Y period with the installation of Tinder, and I got a HTC phone in November... pic.twitter.com/bkXruVZxLP— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
That's a lot of obscure data - more than you probably even knew about yourself, which is worrying.
If you want to delete your Facebook account (after downloading all your information), follow our guide on how to do it here:
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Source: Esquire US