In my case, this included a whole bunch of messages I've sent to companies as part of my work as a journalist. The archive containing this content is very large. I had to find a way to process the archive without having to download the entire thing. I found a way to filter what I wanted by using the data in the archive, and I created a simplified text file as an output result.
Beyond the obvious things like my birthday, the political leanings of my friends, and my relationship status, there was a surprising amount of Facebook content:
My calendar, which has the date and time I create and modify events
My email, which has the actual email I send and receive
My profile, which has the cover photo and other profile information
Any apps I've downloaded
My profile photo, which includes a lot of facial recognition stuff
The texts of most of the messages I've sent or received
If you follow a security topic, you probably know that Facebook has begun to offer advice and tips on how to protect yourself from online threats. Frankly, I don't think it's a bad idea to get that type of info from the platform that has the most detailed information on you. However, the archive provided by Facebook doesn't include any of this kind of information. The archive includes a lot of data that's not relevant to me or my friends, like a bunch of employee emails and the names of some of their friends. I was also surprised to find that Facebook has some rather old information. I figured the social network would only retain data that was more than a year old, but there's this:
At the time I wrote this post, my archive was 179MB. Facebook was giving me the option to download a zipped archive of everything it had stored about me. I downloaded mine and found that it was 175MB, so mine was missing one item.
I first started downloading the archive yesterday. It took a bit over seven hours, starting at about 2:30 pm EST, because my internet connection speeds were low. I paused the download periodically to read through some of the data, such as the Facebook ads. I've spent much of the day reading through the archive, but I also spent some time culling out data I wasn't interested in. I wasn't going to delete all of the data, but rather just the data I didn't want. And, just as I had guessed, there's much less than I had hoped.
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