FACEBOOK knows a lot more about you than you might think.
The curious app tracks your location, interests, and more to target you with ads.
You can view much of the data the US tech giant stores about you in your profile settings.
A bit of digging can turn up all sorts of troubling things that Facebook knows.
Here are three sites worth checking out for anyone concerned about the company’s snooping.
There are also tips on how to limit the way Facebook tracks you.
It knows your whereabouts
Location history is a controversial daily log of where you’ve been logged by Facebook’s iOS and Android apps.
The data is stored on a digital map, which you can view via your Facebook settings.
It shows which shops and other businesses you’ve visited according to Facebook, as well as periods when you’re thought to have been “out and about.”
You can search for specific data to see what location data Facebook has logged on a specific day.
The setting can be turned off through Facebook’s website and apps, and you have the option to delete your location history if you wish.
Among other things, Facebook uses your GPS coordinates to better customize the ads it shows you.
Location history is being deleted from Facebook as part of a privacy overhaul, but you can still view your history until August 1, 2022.
- Open the Facebook app and tap the icon at the bottom right
- Beat settings and privacy, then tap settings.
- Under your informationbeat Access your information.
- Beat Logged Information.
- Under locationbeat site history. You may be prompted to re-enter your password.
You can turn your location history on or off by tapping the blue slider. You can also clear your history.
It knows your interests
Facebook assumes they know you better than they do, so find out what they think of you.
Targeted ads are big business for the social media giant.
They rely on users like you to give up their most private information, which is then used to figure out what to buy.
Marketers then pay for ads that show precisely tailored products that magically flash up in your feed and fulfill desires you didn’t even know you had.
But there’s an easy way to interrupt this somewhat creepy process – by following these simple steps.
- In a desktop browser, load Facebook and click your profile picture in the top right corner of your screen.
- click Settings and Privacy and then settings
- blow To sue and then click Ad Themes
- You’ll see a page that shows what Facebook thinks your interests are. Delete these and add more as you like.
It knows which websites you visit
Cookies are delicious baked treats, but they’re also a computer file that’s becoming increasingly important to your life.
On the Internet, these are small pieces of text used to store information in web browsers.
Facebook uses them to track your activity across the internet – not just on Facebook or Facebook-owned services like Instagram.
It helps the social media giant customize the ads you see on its platform based on your likes and interests.
Facebook keeps a list of the websites it knows you’ve visited in a log of what’s known as your “off-Facebook activity.”
- In a desktop browser, click your profile icon in the upper-right corner of Facebook.
- Choose Settings and Privacythen click settings.
- click privacy in the left menu.
- click Your Facebook information on the left.
- click Off Facebook Activity to check. You can also click from here last activity for more informations.
In this menu you can delete your activity history and prevent Facebook from tracking you across certain websites.
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