Facebook Tracking Exposed, or fb.tr.ex, is two things: a web browser addon that collects the stories visible in your Facebook Newsfeed, and a website that aggregates that data from all the users who have the addon installed. Everything we do is open source so you can see how it works and help make it better.
As a society, we are getting more and more of our information about the world from social media, especially from Facebook. Facebook users get a selection of the status updates, photos, and links shared by their Facebook friends. But how does Facebook decide what to show us in our Newsfeed? What stories are emphasized and what stories are hidden? Facebook’s Newsfeed algorithm lives in shadows.
We think this is dangerous for the internet and for society as a whole. It’s important that we understand how such a major news source works. We want to know what we are being shown and why. We want to open up the Facebook black box and shine a light inside.
To understand how the Newsfeed selects what we see, we need to look at a lot of Newsfeeds. That means collecting a lot of data. We understand that this might be creepy to some people, so we are taking steps to minimize the data that is collected while still achieving our goals.
Here is how we are protecting your privacy:
If you install fb.tr.ex, we collect:
We will use the information we collect only for the purposes of understanding the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm, improving the addon, and improving our methodology. We let you see this information to help you understand where you are in the Facebook world.
We will never sell or share your personally identifiable information with anyone else. We remove as much personally identifiable information as we can, then post the information on our website so third parties can also analyse the information. Some personally identifiable information may remain in the information we post to our website if it was in the HTML of the Public post.
Yes. If you want us to stop collecting your information, just uninstall the web browser addon. If you want us to delete the information we’ve already collected, send a request to support﹫tracking・exposed, or mention it in our facebook page: Personalisation Algorithms - contact us including your Facebook User ID and we will delete everything you’ve submitted. Please be aware that other people may have made a copy of the data while it was available on our website. We cannot force them to delete the copy.