A Wave of Horrified People Download their Facebook Data: Texts and Phone Calls

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Although the dynamics of mass surveillance, and the fact that other websites as large as Facebook already do the same thing as what was described in the Cambridge Analytica scandal was all reported on extensively for years and years in the alternative media before, for some reason the mainstream now wants to talk about surveillance as the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps growing.

It’s a ripe time to get everyone up to date with the info they could have learned from “conspiracy theorists” eight years ago.

One easy way to see exactly what kind of data Facebook collects on you is to simply download all of your info as one ZIP file from Facebook. If you follow these instructions, you can see all the data Facebook at least admits it has collected on your profile.

1. Log into Facebook, and at the top right side of the page select Settings and access Account Settings.

2. In the lefthand column, click General.

3. At the bottom of the General Account Settings page, click Download a copy of your Facebook data.

4. You’ll be redirected to a page that will ask if you really want to download your Facebook info. Proceed with the Start My Archive button.

5. A prompt appears that reads “It may take a little while for us to gather your photos, wall posts, messages and other information.”

6. Type in your Facebook password to verify that it is you trying to access the data.

7. Then, a message pops up informing you that when the data processing is finished, an email address will be sent to you.

8. Eventually you’ll get an email with a download link, but it could take several hours.

9. When you click the download link, click Download Archive.

10. On your computer, you can unzip the ZIP folder and see what Facebook has collected about you.

Recently, headlines were even made about people’s reactions to knowing the info Facebook has.

People who ordinarily don’t pay attention to this type of thing became aware that the website has access to a wide range of personal data from records of every text message they have ever received or sent, even if they don’t use Facebook messenger, to the fact that they keep record of the contacts on a person’s phone.

“They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook,” Emma Kennedy, a British actor and writer said on Twitter.

“They have phone numbers of household names who, I’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.”

Here are some other recent reactions.




I don’t know who would disagree with the fact that FB stores too much personal information, but if someone did disagree they might try to dismiss this info as a consequence of some kind of abnormal situation where a user’s privacy settings have not been properly set up. That just isn’t the case, the default settings are as intrusive as possible and changing the settings may be reportedly easy but it is not.

Can people even trust that Facebook is not storing data and sharing it with intelligence agencies if a user specifically disables certain settings? How can they be trusted?

A developer from New Zealand downloaded his personal data file and shared it on Twitter.


Dylan McKay decided to create a script to specifically record the statistics of his cell phone records. He observed that Facebook had records of over 700 separate calls, either outgoing, incoming or missed. He found that they knew the exact duration of each call, they had 1,369 SMS messages with sending and receiving data, and both drafted and failed messages.

He made his anti-FB surveillance script freely available on Github for anybody interested in seeing what FB knows about them.

Recently a news reporter looked at his data, and he said:

“It included scanned copies of lease forms from a previous rental property I must’ve sent to my buddies over Messenger, my current tenant ledger report, an old monthly billing statement for my home broadband, screenshots of banking transfers and seemingly endless web pages of all the banal conversations I have ever had on the platform.”

“It’s an odd feeling to think that, in some ways, Facebook knows you better than you know yourself,” he continued.

via : http://www.fbnewspost.com/a-wave-of-horrified-people-download-their-facebook-data-texts-and-phone-calls/

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1 Comment

  1. By Don De
    Remember when you were a kid and heard the expression that something that you said or did would be part of your “PERMANENT FILE” and you said “Ha ha!” and laughed it off as nonsense and said there’s no such thing?? Well, guess what! There IS a permanent file of everything you have ever written on Facebook from the first stroke of your keyboard from day one up to the last keystroke today!! No more “Ha has”, because it’s real. Read the accompanying article’s step-by-step directions to download your ENTIRE Facebook history onto a ZIP file and then decide what to do with it.
    I’m sure there are already a lot of mixed emotions out there right now after reading this post from, “Wow, that’s great because now I can finally see all of my best literary postings and commentaries from years ago!” to abject horror and fear that my dirty-little-misdeeds have been exposed to whomever can access to my “Pandora’s Box” of Facebook archives.
    So, what are you going to do now? Download, not download……..?? 🤔🤔🤔🤔 Just remember one thing. You’re only getting a COPY of your file, NOT deleting it.

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