Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How to look up your Facebook data (all of the stuff that was mined during the last election.)

I just looked up my Facebook data, you know, to see the kinds of information about me that could have been mined. Wow. Just about everything is there, I think. The photo, the groups you participate in, your posts, your private messages, your profile, etc. Think of it as an intimate trip through your past. 50 million people were data-mined by Cambridge Analytica for the Trump campaign, and chances are pretty good they knew all about you. And if they knew, so does every other corporate marketing and government intelligence service on the planet that cares.

Or so the theory goes. It is one I have personally bought into, and unless you are a technological flat-earther, you probably should as well. If you ever put something on Facebook, it is still there somewhere for you, and everyone else who wants to know.

I have never really liked Facebook. I think it is the Internet dumbed down to a lowest common denominator level in order to suck in as many credulous people as possible. You might not agree with me about that. But in order to run this blog I kind of need it. It helps me reach people, plus it is a useful source for information.

People who would never reveal things to you personally for some reason have no problem sharing their information on Mark Zuckerberg's website. And by extension whoever he wants to sell it to for cash. That is how he makes his money, you know. Lots and lots of it.

Despite Facebook's famous official policy about only using your own name, I have never once posted there with the one my mother gave me. I never considered it any of their business. Facebook is useful if you run a blog like mine, but if I ever want to communicate with someone personally I send an email or a text. Or pick up the phone, a bad habit of mine. Publicly exhibiting my private information for complete strangers on Mark's website never really did much for me. It is kind of like electronic pole dancing. You either need to do it, or you don't. And at least the real dancers get paid.

But you don't have to take my word on any of this. Here is a portion of an article that ran on CNN Tech recently. The author was quite surprised by what was there once she decided to take a look.

I downloaded 14 years of my Facebook data and here's what happened (CNN Tech link): After downloading my stored data on the site — I've been a member since 2004 — I was presented with an enormous amount of personal details that have been collected about me over the years. It had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook account, or even an email address. It preserved the conversations I had with an ex-- someone with whom I thought I had deleted my digital ties. 

It even recalled times I was "poked," a feature I had forgotten about. I also learned that Kate Spade New York and MetLife have me on their advertiser lists. Staring at the data was not only creepy but it drudged up painful memories.

After the news broke last week that data firm Cambridge Analytica accessed information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge, I wanted to know more about what information Facebook has on me.

The rest of the article is available at the link. It details how the author was able to dig up all of the information Facebook had on her, and what they had done with some of it.

But enough about them. So how can you find out what Mark Zuckerberg and all of his special corporate and governmental Facebook friends out there in the vast ether-sphere have on you? You can begin your journey right here:


Here's the link. Follow the prompts. Just don't tell them who sent you.

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53 comments:

  1. To deactivate your Facebook account, follow these four steps:
    Click the account menu down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page in your web browser.
    Select 'Settings'
    Choose 'General' in the left column.
    Click 'Manage your account'
    Press 'Deactivate your account', and then follow the steps to confirm your decision.
    How to delete your Facebook account permanently - TrustedReviews
    www.trustedreviews.com/news/how-to-delete-facebook-account-2950145

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  2. Trump supporters share more fake news than anyone else, study shows
    On Facebook, extreme conservatives share more junk news than all other audiences put together
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-supporters-share-more-fake-news-junk-news-oxford-study-a8199056.html

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  3. Just when you thought it could not get any worse this comes out? But we already knew this why has it taken the rats supporting this creep to wake up and call him out being supported by criminals in the GOP? https://www.thedailybeast.com/heartbroken-trump-critic-ann-coulter-hes-a-shallow-lazy-ignoramus

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  4. 50 million, eh? My guess is half of them came from Carol Canterbury.

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  5. Just think of Facebook the same as Twitter. Despite whatever privacy settings you choose, everything you post is effectively public.

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    1. Yeah, but it isn't just the posts, it is what facebook does with the information afterwards that makes it so valuable to their clients. Both foreign and domestic.

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    2. Never will do twitter. Facebook is great for finding old friends, but I don’t post often. Instagram I like a lot- image driven, much less bs

      Remember Friendster and MySpace?

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  6. An unheard-of problem: The President can't find a lawyer
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/28/politics/donald-trump-lawyer/index.html

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    1. That's what happens when you don't pay your bills.

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  7. Poll: Trump's job performance rating drops
    President Trump’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest level in months, according to a poll released Tuesday.
    Public Policy Polling found Trump has an approval rating of 39 percent, while 54 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance. The approval number is one of Trump’s lowest since taking office.
    Forty-four percent of respondents approved of the president's job performance last month, one of his highest ratings.
    A majority of voters disapproved of Trump’s handling of various issues in the latest poll. For example, 52 percent said they believe the president is a liar, 57 percent want to see his tax returns and 54 percent said Trump has not delivered on his promise to “Make America Great Again.”
    Public Policy Polling also found Trump trailed nearly every hypothetical 2020 opponent, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/380442-poll-trumps-job-performance-rating-drops

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  8. Off topic, but it is the tattler. How many people are aware that Easter and April Fool's Day are on the same day this year? I will be contemplating the metaphysical implications of this today.

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  9. I was reading my facebook news feed this morning (sorry) and there was an invitation from Rachelle Arizmendi to "like" her campaign facebook page. That page has 7,701 likes. Sierra Madre has 11,000 people. She must be very popular.

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  10. I've never signed up on fb, but have ended up there more than once in searches. So as a non-member, I wonder just how much data they have on me - but I probably have to sign up to find out. Not worth it. I just figure there is no privacy.

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    1. Facebook is a data collection device. It has lots of colors, pretty things to look at, and features designed to appeal to the vanity of those who are in need of a little boost to their self-image. But it exists for one reason, so people will go there and share their information. Which is then repackaged as data and sold to whoever will play a lot of money for it. The rumor is Vladimir Putin, in the form of Cambridge Analytica, was one of their better customers.

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    2. Their facial recognition software is clever- it can put your name to any picture of you anywhere online

      That’s why so many protesters wear masks now

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  11. My husband at first called it electronic scrapbooking.

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  12. It is a "Brave New World"; just try not to expose yourself so much!
    Facebook is a money making corporation and employees many people, even Progressives gotta put food on their table.
    You only expose yourself to the world, from what you choose to expose, or you would have a good lawsuit.
    Facebook is not as mind numbing as Twitter, with endless dribbles and rants that some find interesting about themselves.
    The positive electronic informational power grab and advertise does save trees! Less paper products showing up in the mail is a good thing.
    To be "liked" or "un friended" something so electronically shallow about that form of communication.
    Oh well; need to close for now and finish hanging my underwear out on the laundry line!

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  13. Protesters wear masks, just as bloggers sign anonymous.

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    1. I would not comment on any site that doesn't permit me to do so anonymously.

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    2. You're still leaving your IP number.

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    3. You mean Beantown’s IP number!

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  14. Double Standard for Facebook.
    When the Clinton Foundation mined information, no outcry.

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    1. Aww. Are we being unfair to your hero Vladimir Putin?

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    2. 10:55 - have you considered moving to Russia?

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    3. Clinton? Never heard of them

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    4. Clinton isn't a traitor. Trump is.

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    5. Prove it...Uranium One

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    6. Stay out of the sun when you're wearing that tin foil. You'll bake like a potato.

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    7. It is getting very hard to tell the Trump trolls from the Russian trolls.

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    8. Hahha Uranium One- that fake scandal was disproven by multiple news outlets ages ago:

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_One

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  15. So how is Facebook any different from WeChat?

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  16. Assemblyman Chris Holden has proposed a bill giving College Sports Athletes rights to form Unions.
    Olympic Athletes are also being considered.

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    1. A bill granting rights?
      Sure why not

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    2. Colleges and universities make millions off of their student athletes. It is time they got paid. The word amateur is not a synonym for slave.

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  17. Takes pretty good stretch of reality to believe an elected human deems that as necessary.

    Hey, I think that should be etched on Chandlers tombstone!

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  18. Poster background: Did not vote for the last US Presidential Election

    A different perspective. Enjoy reading.

    source:
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/this-weeks-fake-news-trumps-pick-for-cia-chief-did-not-oversee-waterboarding-at-black-site_2471670.html

    Media Apply Double Standard in Evaluating Facebook Data Collection

    The revelation that a privately held company, Cambridge Analytica, gathered data of Facebook users during the 2016 presidential election received fiercely negative coverage by many media organizations.

    The company, which had been hired by the Trump campaign, had used a third-party company to conduct questionnaires for which users were requested to use their Facebook profile. Analysts were able to use the combined results to specifically target potential voters.
    However, the same practice was described positively in 2012.

    A Feb. 17, 2012, article published by The Guardian with the headline “Obama, Facebook and the power of friendship: the 2012 data election” said, “Barack Obama’s re-election team are building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.”

    The way the user data was obtained was very similar to the practices of Cambridge Analytica. People visiting the campaign website were asked to log on using their Facebook profile, providing the campaign with detailed user data.

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    1. I am sincerely curious so please answer this in a reasonable manner. How do the wrongs committed by Obama justify the wrongs committed by Trump?

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    2. Nether party is wrong. Both parties are using data mining analytics to win elections.

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    3. The difference is Cambridge Analytica had the assistance of Russian state intelligence. But what do "conservatives" care about treason? Just as long as they get to bash the black guy, they're happy.

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    4. The US intelligence also gets involve in other countries elections

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    5. Oh good. A comment from the Trump good, America bad claque.

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    6. Just don't get it why people so wired-up about overrated US presidents... Today is Trump this and Trump dat... 5 years ago was about Obama this, Obama and dat...

      Get a life or get take anger management class

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    7. Trump collaborating with a hostile foreign state to get himself elected doesn't upset you just a little? Maybe your head is just numb.

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    8. What else u have to grind about? Just name 3 other things other than politics.

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  19. Cambridge Analytica was started in 2013 as an offshoot of the SCL Group. The company is partly owned by the family of Robert Mercer, an American hedge-fund manager who supports many politically conservative causes.

    The same racists who funded Bannon

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  20. Whoever has the loudest voice wins... Ladies no need to participate...

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  21. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe... Clinton, Trump, Clinton, Trump, Clinton, Trump, Clinton, Trump,...

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  22. Ev'rybody's talking 'bout

    Fasc-ism, Social-ism, Consumer-ism, American-ism, Critic-ism

    This-ism, Me-ism, Tru-ism, Cyni-sism, Political-ism

    All we are saying is keep me entertained

    All we are saying is keep me entertained

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