How much would you pay for ad-free Facebook?

Firstly, Baser said the data helps run social plugins and logins to keep the app running properly, analytics for websites and developers and ads and related ad measurement tools.

Mark Zuckerberg has until today to tell MPs if he will give evidence to them about Facebook's links to Cambridge Analytica.

Mark Zuckerberg owns more than 401.4 million Facebook shares and he got almost $3 billion richer in the past couple of days.

Baser said the company uses the data for three purposes: "providing our services to these sites or apps; improving safety and security on Facebook; and enhancing our own products and services".

These quizzes, Kaiser said, were in addition to the now infamous Thisisyourdigitallife personality quiz CA conducted with University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan's firm Global Science Research to harvest information from 87 million Facebook accounts. If someone disagrees with Facebook's or other social media sites' long "user terms and conditions" section when signing up, that person can't use the service.

In the wake of the disclosure that almost 90 million Facebook users' information were passed on to political ad targeting firm Cambridge Analytica without their consent, tech companies are on the defensive. Think about it: What else in the last decade has more powerfully shaped how Americans do relationships, get their news, spend their money, use their leisure time, determine their political positions, and for too many, get their theology than Facebook?

The blog post also reviews the types of controls people with Facebook accounts have over their data. With Facebook Analytics, websites and apps can better understand how its audience make use of their services.

How can Facebook's troubles be good news for musicians and music marketers? "We can also use the fact that they visited a site or app to show them an ad from that business - or a similar one - back on Facebook".

Facebook's request asks users to review their Messenger privacy settings by May 25 - which happens to be the same date a strict new European law called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins. I agree, though, that the company is different even from rival miners of user data, such as Google.

According to Facebook, the information it receives can include the name of the website or app, your IP address, your browser, what operating system you use and whether you've visited the third-party site before. It sells products to us, primarily hardware such as phones, computers, watches and tablets. How often have you made a one-time purchase only to be bombarded with ads for the same thing? Even if you are paying for something, like Netflix, they're still collecting data to try and boost its own services and personalise it to try and match your own tastes.

Originally Facebook believed less than 50 million users had their data improperly used during Donald Trump's election campaign.

  • Arturo Norris