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Author: Subject: Facebook is worse than a stalker, apparently
loki
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posted on 4-29-2017 at 04:56 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Facebook is worse than a stalker, apparently

Iím going to toss this out to BFG, or anyone else who knows the way computer algorithms might work. It was something odd I noticed, and I'm not sure what the explanation for it is.

Setting the scene: I am out of state on military duty. The group Iím assigned to created an FB page for our time down here. Because I have a thing about keeping military and civilian life separate, and since everything will be temporary, I made a brand new FB account just for this event. I created a new yahoo account under a fake name to register the FB account. There are no contacts in the email account, and the only messages in there are from Yahoo and FB. The FB account has my name, but I gave a false bday and didnít bother to change the city, so it has me listed as the city and state Iím in. In other words, aside from my name, nothing on the account is correct.

The computer Iím using is not my personal one, but is connected to my civilian email. I never accessed my personal FB account from it. And yet, two of the top people on the initial list of ďpeople you may knowĒ were an old high school friend and an officer from my unit, who is stationed over a thousand miles from where Iím currently at.

24 hours later I look at the ďpeople you may knowĒ section, and half of them are relatives, friends, co-workers, and people from my base.

This leads to my question - how did FB know how to populate my possible friends list? The only two connections I can think of are the phone number I entered (as it now sends you a text to verify the account, and a number of the people showing up are people whose phone numbers I have in my phone) and the cookies on my computer. Still, even taking those into account, how does it so accurately know who I know?

As a side note, the FB app that came with my android phone is disabled and has never been used. Do FB and Google share info? Or is this FB app still pulling data from my phone, even though the app is disabled?

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posted on 4-29-2017 at 07:19 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
not an expert by any means but my best guess is from phone numbers.

i tested this with tinder dates that i went on. got the girls phone number and saved it in the phone. after the date i went to the people you may know section and what do ya know, there she was.

it's amazing how much people don't care that facebook keeps all this data on them.





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posted on 5-1-2017 at 02:53 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I'm not an expert either, but I think whyme is right about it being your phone number.

And I had a similar situation with Facebook. My wife and I started house hunting a couple of months ago and the day that I started looking up houses in our area online, all of the sponsored ads that were popping up on my Facebook were realty/home buying ads.





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posted on 7-16-2017 at 10:11 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
This is an older thread, but I wanted to mention that not only does Facebook keep tabs on your online searches, it also appears to keep tabs on your conversations. If you have your phone mic enabled through the app, it seems to listen in and cater ads to things you've mentioned.





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posted on 7-17-2017 at 12:25 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Matte
This is an older thread, but I wanted to mention that not only does Facebook keep tabs on your online searches, it also appears to keep tabs on your conversations. If you have your phone mic enabled through the app, it seems to listen in and cater ads to things you've mentioned.


http://www.snopes.com/2016/06/04/professor-claims-facebook-is-eavesdropping-on-their-users/

Your conspiracy theory is bad and you should feel bad.

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posted on 7-17-2017 at 04:40 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I used the phrases "appears to" and "seems to" to avoid sounding definitive because I'd only heard some friends claiming it. I don't use the app so I have no stake in it being an actual thing or not. Good to hear it's most likely not true.





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