Facebook has been having a real bad old time lately. The online networking system has been generally reprimanded for not doing what’s necessary to keep the spread of fake news amid the 2016 presidential race and high-profile backers have been pulling their investments.
And critics will probably be more than a little creeped out to learn just how much data Facebook keeps on its users. You can access Facebook’s file on you right now and this is how to do it:
1. Head to Facebook and select Settings
2. Click ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’
3. Click ‘Download archive’ and wait for Facebook to email you a copy of your file
I downloaded my file and I can confirm it was quite a strange experience. It turns out I joined Facebook on 18 April 2008 at exactly 2.10 in the afternoon. The file turned up weird old photos of people that I now don’t remember and obscure messages about uni work I hadn’t finished.
And here’s some of the other information that the file will reveal:
Chat – A history of the conversations you’ve had on Facebook Chat (a complete history is available directly from your messages inbox).
Check-ins – The places you’ve checked into.
Credit Cards – If you make purchases on Facebook (ex: in apps) and have given Facebook your credit card number.
Facial Recognition Data – A unique number based on a comparison of the photos you’re tagged in. They use this data to help others tag you in photos.
IP Addresses – A list of IP addresses where you’ve logged into your Facebook account (won’t include all historical IP addresses as they are deleted according to a retention schedule).
Phone Numbers – Mobile phone numbers you’ve added to your account, including verified mobile numbers you’ve added for security purposes.
Political Views – Any information you added to Political Views in the About section of Timeline.
Searches – Searches you’ve made on Facebook.