Facebook “knows” 700–800 facts about each of us: from where we live to sexual preferences. Zuckerberg’s web stretches far beyond the blue site.
Getting rid of Meta surveillance is impossible without the use of a VPN, anonymous accounts, and the Tor browser. Data that has already been transferred cannot be deleted. The network account is difficult to delete, but can be controlled. Let’s take a closer look at data protection algorithms.
What information do the networks collect?
Algorithms analyze every user action on the network, watching through dozens of devices. A “spy” can be a friend or an app. For example, WhatsApp merges internal correspondence. Evernote reports all visited sites and made notes. In order for confidential data to leak, it is not necessary to have an account and log in through a social network on the site. Facebook will collect information from the cookie using the “Like” or “Pixel” button code set by the admin.
If you are not being sold anything, the product is you.
Meta knows what topics you discussed today with your friends, where you had a cup of coffee, where you are going to go for the weekend, how much time you procrastinated on the social network.
What Facebook collects:
Notes and unpublished drafts.
Videos shared by you or with you.
Information about all friends, including deleted ones.
Messages on Instagram, WhatsApp.
Events added to the calendar.
Country, city of residence, district, street, up to the house.
All travel routes.
Operating system information.
Device type, screen dimensions, operating system version.
Any actions on third-party resources on which the user was authorized through a social network.
Color, style, size of clothes, shoes.
Bars, cafes, discos that visited.
Everything about moving around the world, including airports, hotels, attractions.
Facebook remembers the credit card numbers used to pay for any Meta services.
The level of education and income can be determined from indirect data. For example, by the specified date of birth, school and student photos, educational institution, friends who reported that they studied with you.
The person is a separate asset of the company. If someone added a caption to a photo or you yourself took a selfie, used your face to unlock the screen, your face got into the “book”.
If the page has a “Like” button, the social network will remember this site and the title of the article.
This is only a small part. This site collected 98 parameters, in fact there are ten times more .
Learning to Block Facebook Tracking
Upon learning that the social network collects a lot of data, users try to prohibit the collection of information through the settings menu , but this is the wrong tactic.
Active Facebook User Interest Profile:
If you turn off personalized ads, the social network will show everything in a row. One has only to type the word “vacuum cleaner” in the search box, household appliances will haunt you for the next two weeks on all sites.
You can quickly get to the settings menu and specify a preference using the drop-down menu by clicking on the three dots under the ad unit.
To moderate the appetite of the social network, indicate only the topics that interest you, select the target group, companies. The farther from your region, the better. Because most advertisers use geo-targeting, you won’t be shown ads from the US if you live in Russia. And the other one will not be shown, because you did not specify it in your preferences. If you use Google Chrome, uBlock Origin will help you “kill” 99% of ads .
How else can you limit data collection on Facebook?
Delete your search history .
Prevent apps from collecting contact lists .
Turn off location tracking – If your app or phone is set to block location tracking, Meta continues to collect data.
How to delete a Facebook account
Getting Meta to remove itself from the list of users is hard enough. You must submit a “petition” to delete your account. The administration will consider it within 14 days. At this time, you can not access the social network, use the messenger, log in to other sites, use applications related to Facebook, otherwise the account will be immediately restored and the application will be canceled. If the account is deleted, you can restore it at any time, just download all your data and send a request. At the same time, you can view the dossier collected on yourself. The information is prepared within 30 minutes, a letter will be sent to the mail with a notification about the possibility of downloading the data. The archive to be downloaded is 1–1.5 Gb in size.
Download all your data .
Apply – scroll down the page if deleting from a PC. On Android or iOS, go to “Account Settings”, go to the “General” tab, open “Account Management”, click “Disable”.
Sign out of your account from all devices – you will have to go to every site, every application and log out manually.
Wait 14 days.
What does it matter what they know about me?
In China, the social networking site Facebook is banned because it collects too much data. The local government does not want to share, information is power.
Having a detailed user profile, you can impose your opinion or product, choose the perfect time and place to sell.
Meta finds out about the girl’s pregnancy before the expectant mother herself.
With the help of data on religious or sexual preferences, bullying can be arranged. Geo-targeting will help reduce the search circle to 15 meters.
In the US, information from Facebook is used to make hiring decisions, when choosing a loan rate, in court when sentencing.
It is enough for your friend to tag you in a photo, even if you do not have a profile, the social network will begin to collect a dossier using contact and biometric data. Soon Facebook will know everything or almost everything about you through cookies.
“Spying” is simultaneously carried out from all devices, including the equipment of friends and relatives.
If this information still doesn’t scare you, read Kathy O’Neill’s book Weapons of Mathematical Destruction. It contains examples of the use and algorithms for the actions of social “weapons”.
Dozens of programs share information with the corporation. With two billion users, Meta reaches every earthling through its contact book and software on Android and iOS. Give away your data or fight for digital independence – everyone decides for himself.