Facebook Believes It Understands Your Political Views.

Do you keep your political opinions to yourself? Even if you try to keep them to yourself, Facebook thinks it has your politics figured out.According to The New York Times, Facebook has you classified based on your presumed political beliefs.For example, you could be classified as Liberal Moderate or Conservative by the social media behemoth.Alternatively, you could be Extremely Conservative or Extremely Liberal.The classification is based on a variety of factors, including

  • Even if they aren’t political, you may have liked certain pages.
  • Age
  • Gender is a factor.
  • Race
  • Where do you reside?
  • Your list of acquaintances
  • Ads you’ve seen and clicked on

It’s simple to see how Facebook has classified you politically.Simply go to this page after logging into Facebook.Click the Lifestyle and Culture tab under the Interests header.Then look for the box labeled US Politics.You can see how Facebook has labeled your political leanings in parentheses.If you don’t see US Politics, simply click the See more button.(It should be noted, however, that some Daily Money Life staffers who attempted this did not see politics at all.))According to the New York Times, why does Facebook care about your ostensibly political views?Many political campaigns, for example, pay Facebook to show their ads to specific demographic groups.Facebook labels its users to help advertisers target a specific audience more precisely.According to the New York Times, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign paid for some ads to be shown to Moderate Facebook users.If you’re not sure what some of the interests Facebook has listed for you, click on the thumbnail image or hover your mouse over the interest to see what Facebook has to say about it.The so-called interest can then be removed from your ad preferences by clicking the X.Did you check your Facebook account to see how the social media giant has you categorized politically? Is Facebook on the mark? Share your experiences below or on Facebook.Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

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