Facebook users are entitled to view data about how frequently people have access to their own posts, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who shared a Facebook data sharing contract with them. The user agreement, which was leaked to a third party, revealed a training document that showed the company tracks user access and handles in real time.
“It’s almost impossible to understate how invasive Facebook’s data tracking regime is,” EFF staff attorney Daniel Goldstein wrote in a blog post.
The user agreement states: “Prior to publication of your post, we may determine whether it’s sensitive and may require us to suspend its distribution temporarily for review.” A redacted version of the document, however, shows that Facebook does not have to manually re-verify every post.
Facebook’s training manual offers details about which posts are deemed sensitive and requires users to actively deactivate them if they have contacted law enforcement or engaged in “dangerous or illegal activity,” including prostitution, drug trafficking and terrorism.
Users’ accounts are also spied on to learn the type of content they use and a list of uses that could potentially trigger tracking by Facebook.
Here are some of the more notable points: