“Facebook’s latest crisis of trust, this time inspired by the Cambridge Analytica news, has led many of its users to realize something very important: Facebook’s users are not the customers. They’re the product. <br><br>As that sinks in, some are choosing to quit the platform. Others are digging into just what it is Facebook knows about them. As it turns out, there’s a pretty easy way to find that out in one, giant file.<br><br>In the Facebook settings for your account — right below the link to deactivate it — there’s an option to download a copy of all your Facebook data. The file can be a creepy wake-up call: All those years of browsing the News Feed, and sharing selfies, engagements and birthday wishes on Facebook have taught the company quite a lot about you. You, the user, are part of the reason that Facebook has become so good at targeting ads. You’re giving them everything they need to do it.”

"Facebook’s latest crisis of trust, this time inspired by the Cambridge Analytica news, has led many of its users to realize something very important: Facebook’s users are not the customers. They’re the product.

As that sinks in, some are choosing to quit the platform. Others are digging into just what it is Facebook knows about them. As it turns out, there’s a pretty easy way to find that out in one, giant file.

In the Facebook settings for your account — right below the link to deactivate it — there’s an option to download a copy of all your Facebook data. The file can be a creepy wake-up call: All those years of browsing the News Feed, and sharing selfies, engagements and birthday wishes on Facebook have taught the company quite a lot about you. You, the user, are part of the reason that Facebook has become so good at targeting ads. You’re giving them everything they need to do it."

Analysis | Here’s how to download all your data from Facebook. It might be a wake-up call.

Facebook lets you download a giant file of the data it collects about you.
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