In the wake of Facebook’s privacy scandal, people have started to worry about their personal info more than ever, but another key question is this: what does Facebook know about you? Today at Softonic, we’ll show you how to learn what Facebook knows about you, thanks to the data you’ve been giving them consciously and involuntarily.
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Stop for a second and think about it. Every time you click “Like” on a page, Facebook records this action to then offer you targeted content. But who can even remember how many times they’ve clicked “Like” since first joining? The first step is to find your history.
To do this, click the globe in the upper right corner and click “Settings” and then “Ads,” located on the left side of the page.
The first section shows “Your interests,” which is divided into “News and entertainment,” “Business and industry,” “Sports and outdoors,” “People,” “Travel, places and events,” and “More” (which breaks down into ten additional subcategories). In the next section, you can see “Advertisers you’ve interacted with,” while the following is “Your information,” i.e. data you’ve provided to help advertisers target you. It’s incredible all the info that you’re finding out, right? Well, hold on, there’s more.
How to download your personal file
If you thought what we’ve mentioned so far is a lot, there’s an extra surprise: you can download a file with all the info collected on you since the day you created your account. And when we say everything, we mean it: comments, photos, publications, videos, likes and reactions, comments posted on any profile, Facebook Messenger messages, events, profile info, groups that you’ve interacted with, etc. In other words, Facebook saves absolutely everything you do.
To access it, return to “Settings” and select “General.” Go into this part and click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data” to get to the screen where it shows everything you’re going to download. You only need to enter your password and after a few minutes, you’ll receive an email with all the info organized by day, month, and year.
And once you look through it, you may be convinced to chuck your computer and your phone out the window and flee into the hills to become a tech-phobic hermit. Or maybe just be a little more careful with what you share with Zuckerberg & Co.