TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Facebook has been grabbing national headlines for the way they gather and handle your information.
The most recent reports talk about all of that information Facebook has on you, and what people are finding when they go to delete their accounts.
It could be anything from text (not just Facebook messenger) messages to your contacts list and call log.
If you were to fully delete your Facebook account, they will give you the option to download all of that information into a Zip file.
Before I go much further, what is a Zip file? Simply put, it is one file that contains a lot of information.
That one Zip file from Facebook will contain all of your photos, chat logs, events you've gone to, who you became friends with and when...and so much more.
But did you know you could actually download that file, and see what information they have on you without deleting your account?
Mine personally was over two gigs. That's a pretty big file.
Here's how you can get yours using the desktop version of Facebook.
1) On the top right-hand corner, you will see an arrow. Click that and go to your settings.
2) That will take you to the "General" page within the settings. Without clicking on anything, look at the bottom of that page. You'll see a link that says "download a copy of your Facebook data." Click that.
3) From there, you'll see a page prompting you to "Download Archive," along with other warnings. Those warnings are important. Don't download this on a public computer. Every private thing you've ever done on Facebook (or in some cases, private text messages) will be in this file.
4) It will prompt you to enter your password, and then tell you that you will soon have an email once it's ready to be downloaded.
5) A few minutes later (it took me about 15) you will receive an email from Facebook saying your archive is ready...and you can download it.
That's it. Now you can see all of the information Facebook has on you. Some of you might see more personal things...while some will see very little. It just depends on how much you've shared and allowed Facebook to look at.
Were you surprised with what you found in your file?