Can you miss something that you never knew you had? Interesting thought. Perhaps the more pertinent question might be whether or not you know that Facebook is in the process of changing its Data Use Policy, and the fact that you had – yes, had – a say in the matter.
Back in June, Facebook gave its 900 million users the chance to vote on various different privacy policies that were being touted for implementation. The voter turnout was pretty appalling. Roughly 1 in every 2,600 users bothered to weigh in on the issue – falling hugely short of the 30% of users required to vote for the results to be binding to Facebook.
So the news yesterday was that Facebook has said it would let users comment on proposed changes to the governing documents, but they will not be able to vote. This seems to have rankled quite a few users. As one leading tech website wrote:
“The world’s largest virtual nation, a billion citizens strong, just officially became an oligarchy.”
So the next time Facebook wants to change its privacy or sharing settings, there will be no democratic obstacles stopping the changes coming into effect. But what can you do about the way Facebook collects and uses your data?
Well, the first thing you need to do it take control of your Facebook data. You might want to delete something from Facebook, but not delete it from your own records. More and more people are looking for a way to download their Facebook Timeline and other account content. SocialSafe allows you to take control of your Facebook content in a way that other backup services do not.
By backing up your Facebook account to your own machine and having that data available in a journal that you can browse and search through, you are free to delete some of the original content from the social network itself. This means that you can remove private and sensitive posts, photos, messages etc from a place where the privacy settings may change without the consent of the content creators.
To see how SocialSafe gives you the opportunity to take control of your Facebook content, try the full version of the app for free for 60 days. Visit the SocialSafe website to download your free trial now.