Accessing Your Facebook Data

Where can I find my Facebook data?

  • Your Facebook Account: Most of your data is available to you simply by logging into your account. For example, your Timeline contains posts you have shared on Facebook, along with comments and other interactions from people. Additionally, you can find your message and chat conversations by going to your inbox, or photos and videos you have added or been tagged in by going to those sections of your Timeline.
  • Activity Log: Within your account, your activity log is a history of your activity on Facebook, from posts you have commented on or liked, to apps you have used, to anything you have searched for. Learn more.
  • Download Your Info: This includes a lot of the same information available to you in your account and activity log, including your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages, photos and more. Additionally, it includes information that is not available simply by logging into your account, like the ads you have clicked on, data like the IP addresses that are logged when you log into or out of Facebook, and more. To download your information, go to your Settings and click Download a copy of your Facebook data. Learn more.

What categories of my Facebook data are available to me?

These are the categories of Facebook data that are available to you either in your activity log or your downloaded data, or in both places. We have provided a short explanation of what each data category is and where you can find it. Facebook stores different categories of data for different time periods, so you may not find all of your data since you joined Facebook. You will not find information or content that you have deleted because this is deleted from Facebook servers.

Remember, most of your Facebook data is available to you simply by logging into your account (eg: all of your messages and chats are available in your inbox.) Also note that the categories of data that they receive, collect, and save may change over time. When this happens, we will try to keep this list updated.

Netwise 05.06.18

Facebook collects data on you even if you don’t have an account...   and there’s little you can do about it.

Reported: 23rd April 2018

One of the more interesting admissions to come out of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-day U.S. Congressional testimony earlier this month was confirmation that the social giant collects data from people online even if they don’t have a Facebook account.

Also interesting: There’s no way to avoid it.

It was a big enough admission that Facebook even wrote and published a blog post on Monday 16th April aiming to explain why it does this.

But the blog post didn’t include everything. It didn’t mention the term “shadow profiles,” for example, a phrase often used to describe the kind of faux profile that companies can have about people even if they haven’t signed up. It also didn’t mention how long this data is stored, or how Facebook collects data from non-users when their friends who do use Facebook upload their phone contacts.

Facebook’s new fake news strategy is… decide for yourself!

Who are these yo-yos who share fake news on social media?

None of your friends, right? Your friends are too smart to fall for cockamamie click bait, and they’re diligent enough to check a source before they share, right?

Well, get ready to have the curtain drawn back. These yo-yos may be us. Or, at least, they may turn out to be our friends and/or relatives.

In its ongoing fight against fakery, Facebook has started putting some context around the sources of news stories. That includes all news stories: both the sources with good reputations, the junk factories, and the junk-churning bot-armies making money from it.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it’s adding features to the context it started putting around News Feed publishers and articles last year.

You might recall that in March 2017, Facebook started slapping “disputed” flags on what its panel of fact-checkers deemed fishy news.

You might also recall that the flags just made things worse. The flags did nothing to stop the spread of fake news, instead only causing traffic to some disputed stories to skyrocket as a backlash to what some groups saw as an attempt to bury “the truth”.

In Facebook’s new spin on “putting context” around news and its sources, it’s not relying on fact-checkers. Rather, it’s leaving it up to readers to decide for themselves what to read, what to trust and what to share. At any rate, when it mothballed the “disputed” flags, Facebook noted that those fact-checkers can be sparse in some countries.

So this time around, Facebook said, the context is going to include the publisher’s Wikipedia entry, related articles on the same topic, information about how many times the article has been shared on Facebook, where it’s been shared, and an option to follow the publisher’s page. If a publisher doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry, Facebook will indicate that the information is unavailable, “which can also be helpful context,” it said.

Facebook is rolling out the feature to all users in the US. If the feature has been turned on for you, you’ll see a little “i” next to the title of a news story. It looks like this: a bright orange arrow with circle round an i for information. Once you click on that i, you’ll get a popup that shows the Wikipedia entry for the publisher (if available), other articles from the publisher, an option to follow the publisher, a map of where in the world the story has been shared, and, at the bottom, a list of who among your friends has shared it, along with the total number of shares.

Mark Drew 06.04.18