We are living in an age of social media boom where fake news, driven by social media managers filled with hubris, dominates our timelines. When talking about social networking sites, the one name that pops up first is Facebook – the platform that changed how the world stays connected and a massive purveyor of fake news. Moreover, it is hard to find too many people who are not on Facebook or who haven’t ever used it at some time in the past. The ease and convenience of staying in touch with friends and family through Facebook are so high that most people don’t wonder if their private information is being used and exploited by Mark Zuckerburg’s brainchild. In essence, Facebook are selling your private data to the highest bidder, even if they claim otherwise. But how exactly are they doing it?

The Ugly Truth About How Facebook Uses Your Private Data


“We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.”

This is a snippet from Facebook’s privacy policy. In all honesty, most of us never really bother reading privacy policies or Terms of Usage when signing up with any service on the Internet. The worrying thing about Facebook’s privacy policy is that it simply contains a broad definition of the type of information they collect when you use their service.

Basically, Facebook knows everything about you. This includes your age, email, phone number, workplace, school, friends, places you visit, and websites you browse. All this info goes into targeted advertisement. If you have ever tried creating an ad on Facebook, you probably are aware that you can select your audience based on their interests, age, location, among other things.

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