Over 16 million people have agreed to give up almost every private detail about themselves to a company they likely know nothing about just to play a quiz.
Lately, you’ve probably seen a couple of your Facebook friends post the results of a quiz app that figures out your most-used words in statuses. Or maybe you posted it yourself. It looks something like this:
The “quiz,” created by a company called Vonvon.me, has risen to over 16 million shares in a matter of days. It’s been written about in the Independent, Cosmopolitan, and EliteDaily. Sounds fun, right?
Wrong. That’s over 16 million people who agreed to give up almost every private detail about themselves to a company they likely know nothing about.
“ooo! if i click here and auth in with facebook it’ll scan my entire year of posts, store the data and tell my most used words. sign me up!”
— Saved You A Click (@SavedYouAClick) November 19, 2015The app, like many Facebook quiz apps, is a privacy nightmare. Here’s a list of the info quiz players have to disclose to Vonvon.me:
Your information could be stored anywhere in the world, including countries without strong privacy laws. A Whois search reveals Vonvon.me was registered in Korea, but it operates under several languages including English, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Korean:
Vonvon processes Personal Information on its servers in many countries around the world. Such information may be stored on any of our servers, at any location.
Yes, it actually says that. Worst of all, Vonvon skirts responsibility after it has sold your data to third parties, who can do whatever the hell they want with it:
Companies who you have never met can now access your entire Facebook profile–friends, photos, statuses and all–and use them in ways you never directly agreed to. By the way, if you edit the permissions before authenticating the app with Facebook, Vonvon won’t allow you to play the quiz.
So how can you protect yourself? The easiest way is to avoid online quizzes that require Facebook authentication altogether. Go to the apps section of your Facebook profile–where these data miners often reside–and remove anything you don’t 100 percent trust. Many of them can even hijack your Facebook and post on your behalf. Stick to quizzes that just let you share the results without logging in with your Facebook account, such as the ones on Buzzfeed.
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If you manage a Facebook Business Page you may soon see some unexpected, and unwanted, changes to your Page.
On March 12, 2015 Facebook will be purging deactivated accounts. This means that any Likes you have on your Page from these accounts will be deleted. Causing the Like counts on Business Pages to dip.
These accounts include all deactivated personal profiles as well as memorialised accounts. However, if these accounts are reactivated they will automatically add back into your Like count.
Page Admins are currently seeing the following at the top of the Insight tab on Pages they manage:
“Removing inactive Facebook accounts from Page audience data gives businesses up-to-date insights on the people who actively follow their Page and makes it easier for businesses to find people like their followers through tools like lookalike audiences.” (Facebook for Business)
Comments and Posts from the deactivated accounts have already been removed.
Back in December Instagram purged “spam” accounts from many of its Users, causing many Users following count to drop by hundreds, thousands and even millions. Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers in the Great Instagram Purge.
While the dip in Likes may be upsetting, it will allow for more authentic and “real” followers as Likes on the Page. There are also several things Page Admins can do to grow the number with authentic Likes that will be more beneficial to the business.
So, don’t panic on March 12, be prepared to lose some Friends and have that Like count decrease and prepare to get back to actively growing the following to make up for those lost Likes.