Facebook suggests new friends by tracking your location, here is how you can stop this creepy thing
Next time you see a suggestion from Facebook to make a local bully your friend, you should know that Facebook has been snooping on you using the location. Facebook suggests new friends who may be your enemies or anti-socials from your area and this may sound very creepy to a privacy loving citizen.
Facebook in the recent past has been in the news for invasion of privacy of its users. According to a report from¬†Fusion, Facebook shows you ‚Äúpeople based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you‚Äôre part of, contacts you‚Äôve imported and many other factors.‚Äù
If you have got location services enabled for Facebook on your phone, the company can use that data to generate ‚ÄúPeople You May Know‚Äù suggestions, which is partly based on where you are and where you have been. In other words, Facebook tracks the location of your smartphone to suggest ‚ÄúPeople You May Know‚Äù as friends.
‚ÄúPeople You May Know are people on Facebook that you might know,‚Äù a Facebook spokesperson said. ‚ÄúWe show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you‚Äôre part of, contacts you‚Äôve imported and many other factors.‚Äù The Facebook spokesperson further added, ‚ÄúLocation information by itself doesn‚Äôt indicate that two people might be friends. That‚Äôs why location is only one of the factors we use to suggest people you may know.‚Äù
So, for instance, if you and others have the Facebook app installed, and you all hang out at the same places ‚Äì such as someone who went to college with you, or someone that shops at the same target, or as a nearby cafe or your apartment block ‚Äì Facebook will gather your locations, put them together and suggests you friends accordingly.