Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress this week to explain how his company collects and handles users’ personal information.
The past few month’s have been difficult for Facebook over concerns that the data of millions of users has been breached.
Facebook stores details of almost every action you have taken and interaction you have engaged in on its platform.
What many Facebook users are unaware of, though, is that you can easily download and see all the information Facebook has collected from you in just a few minutes.
Here’s how to Download Your Facebook Data:
First, sign into Facebook (on a desktop browser, not your mobile). Then, click the drop-down arrow on the top right, and click on “Settings.”
This will take you to facebook.com/settings, where you will find your “General Account Settings.”
At the very bottom of the list of General Account Settings, you will find a “Download a copy of your Facebook data” option. Click on that link.
This will take you to a page titled “Download My Information.” Now click on the green button, “Start My Archive.”
For security reasons, Facebook will prompt you to enter your password and send you two email alerts—first, “Facebook download requested” and another one when “Your Facebook download is ready.”
Facebook will then let you download a zipped folder titled “facebook-yourusername.” Once you unzip it, you will find that it contains a few different folders—for photos, videos, messages, an ‘html’ folder of other data, and a .htm Index file to help you navigate through different sections or categories of data.
In the Index.htm→Profile section, you will find some basic information about your profile including any profile names you have had in the past, all your contact info, any pages and interests you liked, groups you joined, and any Facebook pages you are a page administrator for.