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Ways to check and change that social media grip

March 26, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Reports that the data of up to 50 million Facebook users was obtained and used by a social media monitoring firm, without users’ permission, has spooked private and corporate users of the platform – leading many users to check and review their social media settings.

Facebook holds a tremendous amount of data on its users.

To see what Facebook knows about you, access a Facebook page named Accessing Your Facebook Data and it will display a great deal of info.

In the US, CNBC has given instructions on how to download the whole trove of data on yourself from Facebook, namely:

  • Go to Facebook.com/settings.
  • Tap “Download a copy of your Facebook data”.
  • Tap “Download Archive”.
  • Facebook will then start collating the data, which might take while. When it’s ready, click “Download Archive” again, and a zip file will download to your computer.
  • The archive inside that will be a history of your life as recorded by Facebook.

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A recent article in TIME online points out that most Facebook users have third-party apps, which may include Instagram (which Facebook owns), Airbnb and Amazon.

Many of those apps also have access to information contained in Facebook user profiles – such as your “friends list, birthday, education history and hometown,” TIME says. It may be more than that.

TIME gives a quick rundown on how to view your third-party app settings – and how to delete apps completely. To see those instructions you can access the TIME article here.

Other online behemoths, notably Google, also track you and store information. Two alternative search engines which don’t store and sell information on you are duckduckgo.com and startpage.com. The first is based in the US, the second in Europe.

Written by Peter Needham

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