Criticism of Facebook has led to international media coverage and significant reporting of its legal troubles and the outsize influence it has on the lives and health of its users and employees, as well on its influence on the way media, specifically news, is reported and distributed. Notable issues include Internet privacy , such as use of a widespread "like" button on third-party websites tracking users ,   possible indefinite records of user information,  automatic facial recognition software,   and its role in the workplace, including employer-employee account disclosure. Facebook's operations have also received coverage. The company's electricity usage,  tax avoidance ,  real-name user requirement policies,  censorship policies ,   handling of user data ,  and its involvement in the United States PRISM surveillance program have been highlighted by the media and by critics. The company and its employees have also been subject to litigation cases over the years,     with its most prominent case concerning allegations that CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke an oral contract with Cameron Winklevoss , Tyler Winklevoss , and Divya Narendra to build the then-named "HarvardConnection" social network in , instead allegedly opting to steal the idea and code to launch Facebook months before HarvardConnection began. Facebook has been banned by several governments for various reasons, including Syria,  China,  and Iran. On August 13, , it was revealed that the company had enlisted contractors to create and obtain transcripts of users. In , the Electronic Frontier Foundation identified two personal information aggregation techniques called "connections" and "instant personalization". They demonstrated that anyone could get access to information saved to a Facebook profile, even if the information was not intended to be made public. Facebook treats such relationships as public information, and the user's identity may be displayed on the Facebook page of the product or service.
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You might be curious about who is actively looking at your profile. Although there is no clear metric, you can get an idea of who views your profile on Facebook. Facebook has stated that they do not allow for users to keep track of who has seen their profile and that third-party apps cannot track it […]. Facebook has stated that they do not allow for users to keep track of who has seen their profile and that third-party apps cannot track it either. While on your mobile phone app, click on the three lines to see the app options. You will see the option Friends, click on it and All Friends.
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Facebook is supposed to be fun but some people can take social media too seriously. You may need to block someone on Facebook , meaning they will no longer be able to do things like tag you in posts or see your timeline. When you block someone , they won't be able to see things you post on your profile, tag you in posts, comments or photos, invite you to events or groups, start a conversation with you, or add you as a friend. If you don't want to unfriend someone but see less of their posts on Facebook, you can take a break from them instead. Bear in mind blocking someone may not prevent all communications or interactions for example, in apps or groups and only affects your interactions with that person on Facebook. If you can't find someone using this method, try going to the person's profile and selecting Block from the menu on their cover photo.
So you've had it with endless scrolling through the News Feed, notifications that wake you up in the middle of the night, memories that remind you how little your life has changed over the years, and groups that are just too big and you don't even know why you joined in the first place. In short, you want to delete Facebook from your life. Before you start, though, think long and hard on whether you want to delete or merely deactivate your Facebook account. Deactivating Facebook is fairly easy and painless. If you do it, your Timeline and other info will disappear from Facebook — but only until you reactivate your account. Yes, this means all your data will remain stored somewhere on Facebook's servers. Deleting Facebook means you can never access your account again or retrieve any of your content or data. That means you need to take additional steps to remove traces of your Facebook data as well as preserve it for yourself before you delete your account. Yup, it's that easy. You're now gone from Facebook, but as we said, it's just a temporary measure that doesn't really delete your data on the service.