Have you ever wondered how certain people come up on the "suggested friends" column? Gather your data is how. According to this study, Facebook has been gathering text and phone call data from you for years.
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP file— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner's mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
Here's how to avoid this from happening on your phone:
Open the Facebook Messenger app
- From Home, tap your profile picture in the top right corner
- Click People
- Synced Contacts to turn this setting off
For iPhone or iPad:
- From Home, tap your profile picture in the top left corner
- Tap People
- Tap Synced Contacts to turn this setting off
Want to see the date FB has been collecting?
Open up Facebook, click 'Settings' > 'General Account Settings' > 'Download a Copy of Your Facebook Data.'