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Facebook has pages of data on you

Posted at 10:40 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 22:40:15-04

FORT MYERS, Fla., -- A social media strategist shows the pages and pages of data Facebook has stored on each of it's users and says it's up to the users to be aware. 

“Everything that’s transmitted through Facebook belongs to them," explained Patricia Crump, a social media strategist at Spiro & Associates. 

Crump showed Fox 4 all the categories Facebook keeps an archive on it's users. The social media app states this on the site:

"We store different categories of data for different time periods, so you may not find all data from the time you joined Facebook. You won't find information or content that you deleted because content deleted from your account is also deleted from Facebook servers.

Crump says users can go to settings > general settings > download a copy in order to receive everything the app knows about them. Categories include private messages, friends that have been removed, likes and dislikes, and even political views. 

In fact, Facebook has labeled each user under a certain classification of political views. The labels are very liberal, liberal, moderate, conservative and very conservative. Based on a user's label, it changes the types of ads and stories that will pop up on their news feed. 

You can see your label by going to your settings > ads> your information > your categories > US Politics. 

Local southwest Floridians were surprised to see they haven't been getting a "full perspective" on their feeds. 

“It’s kinda stupid," said one resident. “I should be getting any ads [that] anyone else is getting.”

Crump pointed out that the nine million Facebook users in the state of Florida are the ones in control of what the app does. 

 “Facebook doesn’t have anything about you that you didn’t put on the platform."