Facebook knows about users from third party apps and websites too

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 17, 2018

Tweaks to Data policy: Facebook stresses that your data will never be sold to anyone.

Facebook's developer tools can affect you when you're not logged into the social network.

The company has also promised a revamped settings menu on mobile that brings options from across 20 different screens under a consolidated section. Rep. Castor also drew attention to Facebook's harvesting of medical data on non-users, another point Zuckerberg was forced to concede.

With Facebook under the microscope, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook did not seem keen to the idea of changing the social media site's business model.

These days, an increasing number of users are complaining about Facebook, saying that it is focusing more on platform expansion than on user convenience. Data can include photos, contacts, timeline posts, and more.

Turn off your location services: By using this feature, you are giving direct information to Facebook as well as other apps which downloads your data through Facebook. While Facebook has been getting the brunt of the recent outrage over its data collection and privacy practices, some methods are industry standard.

"Congresswoman, I don't remember if we had a financial penalty", Zuckerberg said under questioning by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., on Wednesday.

Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them. When a user clicks on a like button on a website or app, for the data to reflect on the website, Facebook has to send it to the browser and for that it needs the IP address.

In addition, supposedly the company is investigating any application that had access to people's information before they prevented such access in 2014 which was something that had not happened prior to the Cambridge Analytica case.

Facebook's new capability in predicting user behavior came from its AI-powered prediction engines called "FBLearner Flow".

Gunkel said with the controversy Facebook has been a part of, they are headed toward becoming government-controlled. This is likely going to cause some tension when Europe's GDPR kicks in, as the regulation requires data-portability for all citizens, not just Facebook users.

For example, a few years back Facebook opened the accounts of nearly 600,000 members to manipulation to find out how easily one could change the feelings of uses of Facebook, this was part and parcel of the Central Intelligence Agency activity.

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