What data does Facebook have on you? If you’ve been using the social network for a long time, the answer is clear: lots of information.
Facebook allows (but not easy) to know exactly what information it has about your activities and even allows you to download your Facebook data. Here’s how to do it.
Before you begin, make sure that you are signed into your Facebook account in your web browser. If you haven’t, it won’t work.
Once done, navigate to the “Your Facebook Information” section of the Facebook account management options.
You can do this simply by following this link, or more tediously by clicking the downward pointing arrow in the upper right corner of the page and selecting “ Settings & Privacy> Settings> Your Facebook Info. ”
The Company’s Help Center page titled “Accessing and Downloading Your Information” also provides links to the various resources available on the “Your Information” Facebook page.
You might also be interested in knowing how to improve the privacy of your Facebook account.
On this page you will see all the options available. If you’re just interested in seeing Facebook’s current data on you, it might be helpful to look at the raw activity log, but the gist can be found on your information access page.
From there, you can see everything Facebook has recorded throughout the life of your account. It covers a wide variety of data types. Just see the screenshot of the available data sections below.
Yes, Facebook keeps track of all the posts and comments you have made, all the reactions and “likes” you have given, all the people you have “typed” or paid on the platform, all the friends you’ve made, your hometown and much more.
The “Information about you” section at the bottom contains particularly noteworthy elements. There you will find logs of your search history, login location history, voice recordings you made, and the advertising profile Facebook created for you, including advertisers who uploaded a contact list with your informations.
How to download your Facebook data
They are a lot. If you want a copy of the Facebook logs, you can also upload your information.
Facebook offers granular options on what type of data you want, the format and quality of your download, and the date range for the data you want. By default, your information upload page is set to give you a massive archive of everything you’ve done on the social network.
Facebook takes a while to create the file. The duration will likely increase depending on your activity level and how long your account is active.
My account from 10 years ago took about 15 minutes to compile and ended up being a large 1.23GB file, although I rarely upload photos to the service.
When it’s ready, Facebook will send you a notification so that you can download it to your device of choice. However, we caution you that some of the information may be difficult to analyze in the downloaded format.
If the breadth of Facebook’s logs surprises you a bit, the social giant also offers the option to manage your data, with the linked Help Center directing you to specific settings pages depending on what you’re trying to do.
Finally, if you want to go for the nuclear option, you can also deactivate or delete your Facebook account.
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