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The All-Seeing Facebook – YMB Podcast E130

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This is episode 130 of You, Me, and BTC – your liberty and Bitcoin podcast!

As much as some people hate it, Facebook really can see just about everything. The social media giant knows your deepest secrets – at least it thinks it does.

We recently discovered Facebook’s ad preferences page, where it lists the criteria that is uses to target ads to us. It covers categories like “Hobbies and Activities” and “Shopping and Fashion” and even explains why it chose each interest. It knew I was in a long distance relationship and that I live away from my family. It knows what kind of phones we all use. If you have a Facebook account, you really need to explore this page for yourself.

But the system it certainly not perfect. It claimed that I was a huge mustard fan and that John was interested in childbirth, neither of which are particularly true.

For today’s show, we’ll list some of these interests, have some laughs, and share our feelings about this kind of data collection. Many liberty-lovers think online tracking is from the devil, but we’re not sure we agree. Is it fair for Facebook to collect and store all of this information? Is it right for the company to target ads as much as they do? Is it acceptable for people to use ad blockers or should such software be illegal?

Tune in to hear our crazy thoughts on all of this and learn some of our own darkest secrets! Your hosts are Daniel Brown, Tim Baker, and John Stuart. Enjoy!

Leave a comment and tell us if you’re worried about all of the tracking that Facebook does!

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