This is not what Facebook knows about you

by Volker Weber

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This is not what Facebook knows about you. This is only what you voluntarily shared. Facebook tracks you everywhere it can. Every single web page that has a Facebook like button, every location it can get from your phone, every call it can track, every text it can track, simply everything it can record through its apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram or WhatsApp. Notice the "can record". There is stuff on Android that you cannot do on iPhone.

On top of that Facebook tracks every detail you click, every photo you look at, every comment you read, wether you click on replies or on Show Previous Comments. It knows that you always click on "Show Recent", but it will always show you "Top Stories". It knows what you look at other sites. It recognizes your face in every photo your friends upload, it knows your location from the embedded geotag and when it was taken. Your friends trained it by tagging you in photos. And so did you with your friends.

Facebook's AI has long outsmarted you. It knows your desire for gratifications. To see that your photo, your post, your comment was liked. It is the perfect manipulation engine and the tighest knit surveillance ever built. Nothing knows you better than Facebook. Not even Google.

You have nothing to hide.

Comments

To avoid the worst, I have removed the FB app. Instead, I just use the mobile web page on iPhone. I am so naive to believe that this limits many of the things the app does otherwise.
What is your view on this, Volker?

Jens Nullmeyer, 2018-03-25 12:35

Don't use Facebook at all and block all Facebook sites via hosts file.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2018-03-25 13:27

Jens, stell Dir vor, es gäbe kein Facebook und entwickle von da aus einen neuen Plan.

Ich arbeite nicht für jemanden, dem ich nicht vertraue. Ich arbeite schon gar nicht für jemanden, der die Absicht hat, mich zu hintergehen. Und ganz besonders nicht für jemanden, der mich schon betrogen hat.

Nicht jeder kann sich das leisten. Manche Wölfe müssen noch hin, solange Schafe da sind. Und dann gibt es Schafe, die sich für Wölfe halten.

Volker Weber, 2018-03-25 14:31

Volker, WhatsApp hast Du aber noch oder?

Felix Kluge, 2018-03-26 10:01

@Felix: das ist eine gute Frage und ich würde mich sehr freuen wenn jemand hier ein wenig Licht in das WhatsApp-Dunkel bringen könnten. Habe FB nie genutzt (always creeped me out) und werde das nie tun.
WhatsApp benutze ich, früher on/off, seit sie end-to-end encryption haben regelmäßig. Wenn ich dort keine Status-Updates etc. poste, was bekommt FB denn trotzdem noch über WhatsApp an Informationen?
Möchte ungern überreagieren (WhatsApp ist ja für viele der de facto Kommunikationsstandard), aber auch nicht leichtfertig Informationen an FB liefern. Die Rolle von WhatsApp ist mir aber in dem Zusammenhang unklar.

Christian Andres, 2018-03-26 13:23

@Christian: Da niemand diese wichtige Frage beanwortet, will ich einspringen, denn es ist wichtig, darüber bescheid zu wissen.

WhatsApp nutzt das Signal Protocol für die Nachrichten und kann daher den Inhalt der Nachrichten nicht lesen. Was WhatsApp aber kann, ist Metadaten zu sammeln. Edward Snowden übersetzte das in einem Tweet so: activity records. Und Kurt Opsahl beschrieb das in einem Artikel sehr anschaulich: »They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes. But they don’t know what you talked about. They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But the topic of the call remains a secret. They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour. But they don’t know what was discussed.«

Metadaten sind das eigentliche »Gold« in diesem Geschäft. Und praktischerweise sind sie auch noch viel leichter maschinell auszuwerten als ein menschliches Gespräch.

Benjamin Stein, 2018-03-31 22:09

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