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Facebook knows EVERYTHING about you...

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olgaga Thu 24-Apr-14 09:19:42

Not on it, never will be, AIBU to wonder why anyone is? More for info really:

usualsuspectt Thu 24-Apr-14 09:25:07

I's not a surprise that FB knows everything about you.

usualsuspectt Thu 24-Apr-14 09:25:23


Whitershadeofpale Thu 24-Apr-14 09:28:30

He's yabu. Yes Facebook knows a lot about people but that information is only accessible to others if they choose to not have strong security settings. I may reveal real names on Facebook and share pictures but only with friends and honestly mnhq knows more about me in terms of my views, what I like to eat, family problems etc. In fact as I've entered product tests they also know my full name, address and dob.

I don't really understand why facebook is singled out. Take responsibility for your own online security.

Sallyingforth Thu 24-Apr-14 09:29:04

Facebook has just announced record profits, again. Money it makes from pushing adverts at you, and selling data about your browsing habits.

mimishimmi Thu 24-Apr-14 09:29:56

My DH always said they're probably a cover for the CIA grin

usualsuspectt Thu 24-Apr-14 09:32:03

MN makes money from targeting and pushing adverts at you.

HaroldLloyd Thu 24-Apr-14 09:32:42

It's not really a surprise is it, it's inky information you have posted publicly

Also what's the big deal about adverts?

Catsmamma Thu 24-Apr-14 09:32:55


Everything on FB is stuff that users have put there about themselves....Facebook are not sponsoring minions to spy on users and reveal all DMstylee to the world

If you don't like it don't join, but I really don't get all the holier than thou against people who do use it.

so to sum up, I suppose YANBU to wonder why people use FB, but YABU to buy into the hysteria that FB is evil.

wineoclocktimeye Thu 24-Apr-14 09:33:42

I'm not on Facebook but I assume it can only know things if you have posted about them!

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 24-Apr-14 09:35:05

Except the article shows explicitly that it doesn't know anything about you. A little techy programme invented by some sweaty palmed geek who still lives with his mammy looks at info you choose to post on FB and draws suppositions and hypotheses from it. Which may or may not be true.

Rather serendipitously, I see an article "showing" the Loch Ness monster on an adjacent page.

Looks like the Huff is turning into the National Enquirer.

Nocomet Thu 24-Apr-14 09:35:40

I don't FB, but google and amazon know a great deal more about me than I'd like.

You lot know all sorts too.

balenciaga Thu 24-Apr-14 09:36:18

Omg wish this was available for us in the uk shock

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 24-Apr-14 09:36:52

And I have recently been looking at websites for something very specific in a European country other than the one I live in, or the one I hail from.

Mumsnet is now throwing adverts from sites in that 3rd country at me. Facebook is not.

Catsmamma Thu 24-Apr-14 09:37:28

Yes, NOCOMET ....we know things. <nods sinisterly>

hopes not to freak anyone out by being silly

YY, Drank. Facebook is the easiest, fastest way to stay connected to my international family and friends, which is why I am on it, OP. You take the risk wherever you go on the internet, if you so choose to disclose things about yourself with minimum security.

Sounds gimmicky to me, anyway.

usualsuspectt Thu 24-Apr-14 09:40:51

If you put your name, place where you live etc it's not a shock that FB knows these things.

olgaga Thu 24-Apr-14 09:41:32

No need for anyone to get defensive - I thought it might be of interest to those who are on FB, that's all.

RedSoloCup Thu 24-Apr-14 09:41:40

Yes I just don't put things on fb that I don't want to share with the world, simples....

vettles Thu 24-Apr-14 09:44:59

Facebook only knows what you tell it.

When you put "AIBU to wonder why anyone is?" in your OP it invites explanations as to why people are. Not defensive, as such.

FreudiansSlipper Thu 24-Apr-14 09:49:48

all companies share information with each other everything

with fb nothing you put on there is totally private, it can all be hacked if someone wants to and all your photos fb can use

that is a choice people make but look how many threads are started on here regarding fb it has changed the way many people communicate if you want your life on line put it on but you have to be aware that it may come back to haunt you

pictish Thu 24-Apr-14 09:52:04

OP I am affording myself a wee chuckle at the tone of your post...that's us told eh? Did you give a little toss of your head as you entered the link? grin

Fb gets out of me what I am willing to give. I am well aware that it is a public platform, in the same way I don't do the school run in my underwear.

Come on now.

usualsuspectt Thu 24-Apr-14 10:05:28

Don't worry,OP. I'm sure the FB haterz will be along shortly.

SaucyJack Thu 24-Apr-14 10:09:20

If they want to make themselves some cash from selling the fact that I like cat videos and doing Which Character Am I? quizzes on Buzzfeed then more power to them anyway. It's hardly confidential info.

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