You’ve likely heard by now about Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy, Trump-affiliated data analysis firm that reportedly siphoned off info belonging to 50 million Facebook users, according to The Guardian and Observer, along with The New York Times. In the wake of the scandal over Facebook’s privacy rules, users have become newly interested in the data that Facebook accumulates and holds about them. But while the social network shapes it fairly simple to download everything it knows about you, it doesn’t offer a roadmap for how to parse that data or figure out what it means.
Facebook announced Wednesday, nonetheless, that in the coming weeks, it will expand the data it makes it possible to download to include likes, reactions, investigation record, and locating record. The social network also plans to add an option for users to transfer the data to another service if they crave. Constituent of the rollout includes a new tool called Access Your Information, which allows users to more easily panorama and delete age-old posts, reactions, commentaries, and scour history.
For now though, your Facebook data is still likely filled of amazes. Over the weekend, some Android customers were shocked to learn that Facebook retained metadata about their call and SMS history. That’s far from the only concerning piece of information you might discovers by sorting through your Facebook file. Here’s what I met looking through excavation, and tips-off for how to find the most interesting information in yours.
Get the Goods
First, you’ll need to download the file of data that Facebook has on you. To do so, go to your Facebook settings. At the bottom of the General tab, you are able to appreciate an option to Download a copy of your Facebook data_. After opting in, you’ll receive two emails, one acknowledging that Facebook received your request, and another that includes the file when it’s ready. Depending on how much content you’ve posted to Facebook–including photos, videos, text posts, and other forms of media–it might take some time for the record to be prepared.