Facebook has not received the most positive news coverage in recent weeks, particularly when it comes to how certain elements manipulated the site to spread misinformation during the 2016 election. So it's understandable that you may be wary about the social media website. But how much of your information does the site actually have on you?
It turns out Facebook actually has a way for users to see what data the site has collected by them, and it's pretty easy to access it yourself. Here are the steps you need to take to do so:
1. Go to Facebook.com/settings
2. Click "Download a copy of your Facebook data."
3. Click on "Start my archive."
And you're done! Facebook will then collect your data and send it to the email linked to your account.
Some of the data in your archive will be obvious stuff, such as the personal information you've entered into your account as well as any photos or posts you've made on the site. But the archive will also tell you information you may not know from simply logging onto the site, such as ads or links you've clicked on while using Facebook or what IP addresses you've used to access the site.
So basically you find out all the creepy ways Facebook's been tracking you over the years.
Now it's starting to make sense why Russia used Facebook to target the 2016 election...
(h/t Daily Express)