Facebook

“What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does – ‘connect’, ‘build communities’ – and the commercial reality. Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads but to shape the flow of news to them. Since there is so much content posted on the site, the algorithms used to filter and direct that content are the thing that determines what you see: people think their news feed is largely to do with their friends and interests, and it sort of is, with the crucial proviso that it is their friends and interests as mediated by the commercial interests of Facebook. Your eyes are directed towards the place where they are most valuable for Facebook.”

By John Lanchester

Facebook offers a similar option as Google to download all your information from their files.This includes every message you’ve ever sent or been sent, every file you’ve ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you’ve ever sent or been sent.Facebook also stores what it think you might be interested in based off the things you’ve liked and what you and your friends talk about. Somewhat pointlessly, they also store all the stickers you’ve ever sent on Facebook.They also store every time you log into Facebook, where you logged in from, what time, and from what device.And they store all the applications you’ve ever had connected to your Facebook account.
Side-note, if you have Windows 10 installed, JUST the privacy options with 16 different sub-menus, which have all of the options enabled by default when you install Windows 10.This includes tracking where you are, what applications you have installed, when you use them, what you use them for, access to your webcam and microphone at any time, your contacts, your e-mails, your calendar, your call history, the messages you send and receive.The files you download, the games you play, your photos and videos, your music, your search history, your browsing history, even what RADIO stations you listen to.This is one of the craziest things about the modern age, we would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us, but we just went ahead and did it ourselves.

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