On Monday, the social media giant began rolling out a “see how you’re affected” tool at the top of News Feeds to inform users if they’re among the tens of millions of people who had their data improperly harvested by Cambridge Analytica.
The full roll out will happen over time, so not all users will see the link at the same time.
However, if you have not seen the notification, you can find out instantly by accessing Facebook’s new feature HERE.
The newsfeed notifications will roll out over time, and an image provided by Facebook (below) explains what that notification will look like.
In the image below, if your data was NOT obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a notification will appear like the newsfeed on the LEFT. If your data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, it will appear like the newsfeed on the RIGHT.
Users who were not affected will see a different link highlighting which apps are connected to their Facebook accounts and what data those third parties can see. The link also directs users to a tool that allows them to disconnect apps from accounts.
Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to “show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you’ve used and an easy way to revoke those apps’ permissions to your data.”
Facebook has also said it will reviews thousands of apps to search for additional abuse.
You can see what data Facebook has collected over time, including all your past posts, photos, videos, messages, and more. To find out what data Facebook has collected, and what data has been shared with advertisers, you can download your Facebook data. Here’s how:
“If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook has been under fire since the Cambridge Analytica news broke last month. The controversy has raised questions about whether the social media giant does enough to protect user information.
Last week, Facebook said Cambridge Analytica may have had information on about 87 million Facebook users without the users’ knowledge. Previous reporting had put the number of users at about 50 million.