Facebook is among the most famous social media network used among these days. A HackerNoon’s (An American technology blogging publications) Georges Abi-Helia decided to find out how much this network knows about its users. It says that Facebook allows you to download an archive file of 500 mb all your interactions with the network.
Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free stripped down version of Facebook that’s actually quite relaxing.
Facebook has recorded each and everything you have done through this network since you have joined it.
I created my account Friday, September 14, 2007 at 10:59 am and all my actions have been recorded ever since. I feel that for the first time in history, 10 years of consistent human behavior have been meticulously gathered, stored & analyzed.
What does this file contains?
Facebook can access everything 1.4 B people (according to Facebook research) connected to network has done on this network.
Looks like Facebook Records each and every detail that there user do on Facebook like Unfriended friends, past relationships, former employers, previous names, address book: you name it. Whenever you post a photo to Facebook, it keeps a record of all the data that’s attached to it. That seems quite obvious but I didn’t suspect it was so detailed. Every time you open Facebook, the time, location, IP address, browser & device have been recorded. If you’re part of the 1.4 B people that use Facebook on a daily basis, they have enough data points to determine your everyday life patterns with great accuracy: home and work address, daily commute, wake up & bed time, travel duration & destination, etc.
Facial recognition feature
Other than many Facebook feature they claim to have a miraculous feature to recognize a person in 800 million photos. Facebook flawless feature of facial recognition is 98% efficient as it can stand out a person in 5 seconds.
How does it know? Well, every time you tag a photo, you’re adding to an enormous, user-driven wealth of knowledge and data. Every day, billions of people are telling an algorithm what a human face looks like, from different angles, at different ages and in different light conditions.
How to get your data?
After Facebook in 2010 and then by Google in 2011 and Twitter 2012, big social networks began allowing their users to download a backup file of everything they’ve ever posted. Just follow these steps:
- Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings.
- Click Download a copy of your Facebook data below your General Account Settings.
- Click Start My Archive.
For more details visit Facebook help Page