[00:00.00]If you are active on social media, you probably have seen quizzes on Facebook.
[00:06.47]You may even have taken some of the Facebook quizzes yourself.
[00:10.93]They can be fun as you learn the answers to many questions.
[00:14.90]How else can you find out:
[00:16.81]Which movie character is most like you?
[00:18.98]What’s the best city for you to live in?
[00:21.14]Who is your best friend on Facebook?
[00:24.06]But when taking a Facebook quiz, you may be sharing more information than you get.
[00:29.85]When you answer the questions, you may be giving up access to your entire Facebook account, including your list of friends.
[00:38.02]Recently, a Korean company called Vonvon offered a Facebook quiz that showed the Most Used Words in your Facebook timeline.
[00:47.89]By taking the quiz, you could see the words used most on your timeline in a word cloud that you could then post on Facebook.
[00:56.90]The quiz was taken and shared by over 17 million people on Facebook.
[01:02.28]Emma, an American college student,
[01:04.73]took the quiz right after her birthday last month and posted her Most Used Words results on her Facebook timeline.
[01:12.70]Like most people who took the quiz,
[01:20.63]The website Comparitech posted an article comparing the “most used words” Facebook quiz to a privacy nightmare.
[01:29.61]The report explained that by using the Most Used Words quiz you are giving the Korean company rights to gain access to:
[01:37.50]Your name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public information;
[01:44.11]Your entire friend list;
[01:46.20]Everything you ever posted on your timeline;
[01:48.73]All of your photographs and photos you are tagged in;
[01:52.67]Your education history;
[01:54.34]Your hometown and current city;
[01:56.67]Everything you have ever “liked”;
[01:58.76]Your IP address;
[02:00.79]And information about the device you are using, including browser and language.
[02:06.67]If you did not agree to share this information, you could not take the Facebook quiz.
[02:12.72]The article continued by explaining what Vonvon could do with all of the information it collected on you.
[02:19.88]The company could sell the information to third parties and use your information,
[02:25.13]even after you have ended your relationship with them.
[02:28.67]Vonvon responded to Comparitech.
[02:31.59]The article was updated two days later with Vonvon's response.
[02:36.29]The Korean company stated that it did not plan to sell information to third parties.
[02:47.28]Whether or not Vonvon sells Facebook information to third parties is not really the issue.
[02:54.12]Even if Vonvon does not sell your information, some other company could.
[02:59.51]Businesses can receive permission to get even more information from you and to post on your Facebook timeline if you give them access to your account.
[03:13.94]Probably not, and companies may rely on that.
[03:16.66]Do you change the permissions you give a company?
[03:19.88]If so, you may be limiting the ability for quizzes to work.
[03:24.03]Think again before giving permission to access your Facebook account.
[03:28.59]Does the company really need that information? Is taking a quiz worth giving up your privacy?
[03:34.69]You can still have fun taking quizzes without giving up your privacy on Facebook.
[03:41.10]Look for quizzes that do not ask for Facebook permissions.
[03:44.86]For example, the Buzzfeed website has Facebook quizzes that ask you questions,
[03:50.06]letting you choose between several answers to learn information about yourself, such as Which City Do You Belong in Based on Your Favorite Color?
[03:59.16]If a quiz does ask for permission to access your Facebook account, perhaps you should find a different quiz.
[04:05.54]Take a few minutes now to clean up your permissions on Facebook.
[04:11.07]Go to the Facebook Apps Permissions page to see which apps have permission to access your Facebook account.
[04:17.75]Click on the X icon to remove permissions for any app you're not using any more.
[04:23.46]Click on the pencil icon to change permissions for that app.
[04:27.46]You can see what permissions the app has and change them to the way you want.
[04:32.45]I’m Pete Musto.