Facebook is the largest and most popular social network in the world. This service was founded by American Mark Zuckerberg along with his neighbors in the student hostel in Harvard. At first the site was available only for local students, but it began to gain popularity quickly. First, students of Boston, then other universities joined him.

In August 2015, the number of visitors to this social network exceeded one billion people. Zuckerberg himself at 23 years was the youngest billionaire of the planet, because his invention has brought an impressive profit.

People in this social network exchange news, messages, publish their photos and put them like that. But not everyone is ready to take advantage of a new service for themselves, for fear of “pitfalls.” Even the participants of the social network sometimes assess it incorrectly. And all the blame for some popular myths about Facebook, which will be discussed below.


People can see who’s viewing their profile.

This is not so, and even such a variant can not be discussed. There is no hidden button or special application that opens the secret. So the user does not find out about the increased interest to himself from a certain character or about viewing personal photos by HR employees. This myth has emerged, thanks to the existence of applications that promise to reveal “secret fans” on Facebook. That’s just the main purpose of such applications – to acquire the personal information of a trusting user or to inject a virus on his computer. Even Facebook itself was already tired of gossip and clearly stated officially that the service does not allow people to monitor their profile views. Closed access to this feature and third-party applications. The social network even struggles with such programs, deleting them.

Links in messages from friends can be opened without fear.

It is understandable that friends do not want to harm you. That’s just such a trust can use attackers. Having received a strange letter from even a well-known person, do not rush to click on the link. Facebook is a place where there are malicious programs and viruses. Even when working in a social network, you should not forget about the usual precautions for the entire Internet. If you receive a message with a link from a friend, then before opening it, you should ask whether this person really wrote the letter. If the envoy is a public person, you can view the comments on his page. There can be reviews of those who have already clicked on the link and found a deception or a virus. It’s hard to be on your guard even in such a simple matter as messages on social networks, but this is necessary for the sake of their own security.

Facebook charges or is going to charge money from its users.

Every few months, the rumor that the social network will cease to be free and gain for its use will be gathering momentum. But you do not have to worry about it. Facebook’s management claims that this service will always be free. There are also reports that you will have to pay a certain amount, so that the service will retain personal information and confidentiality. However, the user can completely hide all information about himself from strangers completely. And the myth spread so much that the company’s management even issued a special statement revealing the truth. Do not believe everything that is written on the Internet. True, the opportunity to use Facebook for free is still someone to pay for. But this, fortunately for users, is done by advertisers.

Personal photos are transferred to Facebook, and then they are sold to advertisers.

Again, the social network refutes, stating that it does not sell personal information about the user and will never do this. This myth has two parts. First of all, it is a mistake to think that Facebook collects photos, including messages, and then sells them to advertisers.The user can be sure that he has all the copyrights to the shots taken and sent. The second part has to do with legal practice. Terms and conditions of using the social network clearly stipulate that the owner of the copyright is the owner of the account, but the company can freely use for its purposes those things that are published by the person. So, seeing somewhere your data in Facebook advertising, you should not expect a reward. The company acts quite within the law and its rights. It also means that if you go to a certain page, your face may flit among its supporters, if it is advertised by Facebook. It is worth knowing.

You can change the terms of the arrangements with Facebook in your favor.

Sometimes on the walls of people you can see some legal declarations. Usually it’s about allowing Facebook to use its information. The text on the user’s page may say that he does not give the social network or associated organizations the right to use photographs, messages or any information in the past or the future. The client notifies Facebook that it prohibits the disclosure, copying, dissemination of its data or taking any actions directed against it. However, such a statement does not have legal force. This message is only able to demonstrate the ignorance and legal inconsistency of the user. When registering on Facebook, there were clear conditions for interaction with the service, which the user agreed to. Placing any statements on its wall does not change anything, which was confirmed by the practice of lawyers on this issue over the past few years. If there really is a desire to discuss with the service the framework of what is allowed, then we will have to look for an individual approach. Otherwise, the best way to protect your data will generally refuse to use this social network.

It’s easy to leave Facebook.

Many people decide that their personal data is worth keeping away from Facebook. However, it is surprisingly difficult to part with it and delete your account. In Facebook there is a whole section of help, dedicated to disabling the account and deleting it. This task by the service itself, for obvious reasons, is not facilitated. To begin with, simply deleting an account will not lead to its immediate disappearance. We’ll have to wait at least two weeks, and generally even talk about the disappearance of individual accounts in just a few months. It will be necessary to manually disable all Facebook-related applications, remove the social network application from the smartphone and tablet, clear the history of the browser, and, moreover, go through the steps indicated in the manual. But even if you accidentally enter the account in this two-week period, everything can be started again. We can then abandon Facebook, but he does not want to lag behind us.


If I do not use Facebook, then he does not know anything about me.

This is a very naive statement. Facebook is a social network, if many of your acquaintances are in it, then it is likely that some information is being collected on you. This is called the shadow profile. When your friends use Facebook, they give him access to his book of contacts and personal information. It is likely that your number is at someone, the social network will take note of this. Another friend of yours will already have your phone number and e-mail in contacts. Facebook will compare and supplement the information. We do not suspect, but such data is collected and updated by the social network in the background. In this case, a person himself can never work on Facebook, do not give his consent to the storage of his data. This is a simplified example of how information is collected. Of course, real algorithms are much more complicated, they allow you to get much deeper confidential information.Not so long ago, the authorities of Ireland found that the shadow profiles contain information about the political views of a person, about religious beliefs, sexual orientation and so on. Fortunately or unfortunately, but in the modern world everything is very tightly intertwined. It’s almost impossible to do something publicly, that will not be noticed by others and placed in one or another social network.

Facebook will receive a button “Dislay.”

The social network became famous for its “likes”. (In honor of the “Like” button – like it). For a long time people would like to express not only their contentment with something, but also the opposite feelings. However, the social network itself insists on the presence of only positive experience. The rumor has appeared recently, many were pleased with the possible future expansion of the functional. The media wrote that the “Dislike” button will appear soon. However, this turned out to be a myth. Instead, Facebook has released new types of emoticons, as an opportunity to respond to messages. If you see an application that adds a “Dislike” button to Facebook or some extension for a browser with such functionality, you should cancel the installation. The social network does not have such functionality, most likely it is a question of malicious programs.

Facebook is full of dead accounts and needs to be cleaned from them.

Has anyone heard from Mark Zuckerberg that his social network is overcrowded? Many are afraid that there will be checks of the user’s activity to enter or read the message, otherwise the account can be deleted. But do not worry. Facebook will never close accounts just because there are too many of them. Even if a person does not use their account for a long time, they will not delete it. This is a fairly old myth, which periodically comes to life. And it appears, when Facebook is once again announcing the removal of inactive business pages. But it does not have any relation to inactive user accounts. Also in the social network, some of the likes are deleted, as some artificially increase their number with the help of fake accounts. Removing the wraps helps to make a more accurate impression of the landing page.

Facebook requires identification.

The social network emphasizes that it wants to unite real people, not fictional personalities. Scammers try to use this. Most often, new users are confronted with fraud. You can get a message allegedly from the Facebook administration asking you to scan and send a photo ID for identification. The user is scared that if he does not do this, his account will be deleted. It is worthwhile to ignore such messages or to report them in support of the service. There are only two cases where Facebook really requires identification. First, if someone reports that your account is fake or you are an imposter. Then access to the account will be suspended, and the user will be asked to confirm his identity. The access to the network will be closed. It’s rather unpleasant to be a victim of politics. However, if the entrance to the social network is already complete, and after that they ask for some kind of evidence, then it’s about fraud. Secondly, the situation may concern well-known public figures. People should know that they communicate with a real character. Then Facebook can also ask to prove their identity.

Advertisers have access to personal information of users.

Facebook selects the target audience for advertising anonymously, without providing personal information to the customer. If the advertiser establishes a demographic framework for their audiences, the system automatically selects the right audience. The customer ultimately receives an anonymous aggregated report on the viewing of ads by representatives of specific target groups.

New algorithms do not show all the records in the tape so that companies can insert advertising there.

This myth is refuted by Facebook’s marketers.Content is optimized for the benefit of the user, and not to earn on it. The researchers found that on average, every user of the social network has about 229 friends. This crowd generates great content, which is too much for one person. In the stream of records, interesting information can simply get lost. Facebook is trying to make a person happy with the content, which is why the quality of the news is being improved. It gets really high-quality and interesting material, and spam is deleted.

The idea of ​​Facebook was stolen.

The story of Facebook is pretty well known. Early in his career, Mark Zuckerberg was hired by Harvard’s friends to create the Harvard Connections website. On this portal were to communicate students, the concept was similar to the unborn yet Facebook. But then there are different versions of the development of history. Owners of the resource claim that Zuckerberg began to deliberately shy away from performing his duties, starting to make a similar resource. The very same Mark said that the idea of ​​creating a social network was prompted by the previously created program “Facemash”. It allowed students to evaluate each other’s photos. The success of this resource pushed the young man to the idea that people like to online track information about friends. In any case, after lengthy proceedings, Zuckerberg paid $ 61 million to his opponents.

A company is about to buy Facebook.

For Mark Zuckerberg, a billion dollars is not the amount that can impress him. After a couple of years of rapid take-off of Facebook, Zuckerberg really discussed the sale of his brainchild company Yahoo! Just a year before, the competitor, MySpace, with a large number of users, was sold for $ 580 million. In Yahoo! believed that a billion should be enough to purchase a growing Facebook. However, after much hesitation, Zuckerberg decided to retain control of the company. It turned out to be the right decision, after a year Microsoft estimated the social network at 15 billion. In 2014, Facebook cost 200 billion dollars and bought other popular services. Such a giant can not be swallowed up by anyone.

Facebook kills social skills in people.

There is no doubt that thanks to social networks it has become much easier to communicate with friends and relatives around the world. True, for such convenience you have to pay. Psychiatrists argue that getting used to dynamic communication leads to a withdrawal from living communication and building real relationships. A young generation has entered the risk zone, which has already grown on the Internet. Gradually teenagers give more attention to virtual communication than real. Physiologists also believe that staying in social networks leads to the isolation of a person from the external environment, which leads to a deterioration in health, including heart attacks and cancer. Fans of Facebook can be reassured, not everyone believes that this network generates hermits. Scientists from Cambridge conducted their research. It showed that thanks to Facebook, people often support those relationships that would otherwise simply have been lost. This social network helps to better interact with family and friends. Sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to put a friend with a friend’s status update than to call him and ask how he’s doing.


Facebook is monitoring its users.

This is one of the biggest fears of users of social networks. The oil was poured into the fire by Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. He said that the largest Web platforms have a hidden user tracking interface. Such a functional was created specifically for the US special services, allowing you to receive a detailed account of the actions of people. Assange directly called Facebook the greatest spy tool in history. The creators of the Abine DNT + utility confirmed this interesting fact. But representatives of the social network categorically deny such accusations.The very same Assange is called a great conspiracy, who simply can not know all the nuances of Facebook. In any case, the ordinary user does not know the truth, you can only comfort yourself, that the intelligence services, if they draw information about an ordinary person, it is clearly not from one Facebook. In similar leaks accuse and mobile operating systems (iOS, Android), and usual (Windows).

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