Facebook tracked your location to guess who you might be friends with, says report


Facebook has released a statement denying that it tracks user location data and uses it ‘suggest new friends’.

The move comes after questions were raised about the alarming accuracy of some of the suggestions.

The reason the questions were raised is because of the number of suggestions where you have no mutual friends and next to nothing in common except that you may be close to them geographically.

It is believed that Facebook uses location as “only one of the factors” to determine whether people know each other.

A report appearing in Fusion said that Facebook no longer uses location data to determine potential friends although it had done in the past.

Facebook replied to questions asked by the UK’s Guardian newspaper by responding: “We may show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you are part of, contacts you’ve imported and other factors,” he said. 

In its help section, Facebook says its suggestions are based on “mutual friends, work and education information, networks you’re part of, contacts you’ve imported and many other factors”.

Other observers have come to Facebook’s defence saying that using location is not done with any malice and is just an attempt by Facebook to help you connect with people that you may know.

They argue that other data that Facebook holds about you could be used in a similar manner to help you connect with people.


1 Comment

  1. Nonsense. I went to a motorcycle shop and when I got home the first new friend suggestion I had was the owner of the shop. We have no mutual friends. The only way it could have happened is by comparing my location to his.