Facebook does not make it easy to protect your privacy! You should not use Facebook unless you take these steps to protect yourself. In fact, in essentially all cases, Facebook “privacy” defaults to “anti-privacy”, sharing your information as widely as possible!
Update: I began writing this a few days ago. Facebook has since announced that in “a few weeks” they will make it easier to set your privacy settings. At the present time, Facebook has hidden most of the privacy settings in about 20 different locations. Setting privacy options, like deleting content, has been near impossible on Facebook. The options under “Privacy” have little to do with privacy.
Because Facebook will be rolling out an entirely new system for controlling privacy and deleting our own data, the following instructions – which work as of right now – may end up being a historical document about how bad Facebook became.
Download the Facebook Archive and Learn What they Have Recorded About You
Some people have reported archives up to several gigabytes in size.
To download your archive, go to Settings | General and find the Download a copy at the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions to download the archive.
NOTE – my archive was missing many of the 1000 or so photos I had uploaded. However, I could go to the separate Facebook page for Photos, click on Albums, and then download each album, one by one by clicking on the gear icon that appear at upper right of each Album as my mouse was moved the Album, and choosing the Download option. Before you delete things that you want to save, be sure to check whether they really are stored in the archives.
Never submit contact lists to online services like Facebook or Instagram. Each recommends you upload your contact list to help you find friends. The main purpose is for Facebook to acquire your contacts and their information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Facebook uses this information to create “graphs” of how people are related to one another and will also use it to suggest people as “friends”. This information may also be used to apply peer pressure – “your friend Bob is also using this product” …
Who knows what else they are using it for? Best bet: never upload Contacts. If you have already uploaded Contacts, edit the list or delete it.
Remove all Imported Contacts
Or Edit your Imported Contacts List here
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This is the most comprehensive list of Facebook privacy options that I have seen on the Internet so far.