Have you ever taken a Facebook quiz or played one of the popular Facebook games? If so, you're not alone. A recent study found that more than 70% of social media users play games and take quizzes on Facebook. While these activities can be fun, there are some important reasons why you should stop using them. Keep reading to find out what they are.
You've probably seen them before: those quizzes or personality test games that seem to be everywhere on Facebook. They promise to be fun and entertaining, so you click on them without giving it a second thought. But what you may not know is that these quizzes or personality test games usually request access to not just your profile, but everyone on your friend's list who has played the game. Here is how it works, even for some popular ones like WOW and OMG.
At the point of playing, you are notified of what the game will have access to, which when carefully observed, is far more than necessary for a simple online game/quiz. The implication of this is that, when playing these games, you might be giving away more information than you initially intended. Your public information, as well as those of your friends – photos, posts, and online activities – which can be used to deduce interests, preferences, affiliations, and views, can be accessed by people you don’t know. As if that is not enough, these games also have disclosure states that allow them to sell your information to third-party advertisers.
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