Facebook knows about the birthday gifts you bought on Amazon, has archived all your embarrassing high school breakup statuses, and knows exactly where your mom finds those religious motivational memes she sends to everyone. Unsurprisingly, it also has an idea about your political leanings. And even if you think you’ve managed to outwit Mark Zuckerberg by not posting that photo in your “Make America Great Again” hat, and keeping your political rants to a minimum, you haven’t.
The billion-user social media site collects data about you every time you log in. While that is primarily done to lure you into buying things by showcasing relevant ads, Facebook is also able to draw conclusions about how liberal, moderate, or conservative you might lean.
But there is a way to change that.
Under your settings, there is an ad preferences page. When you click through, you will see a list of categories including “news and entertainment,” “business industry,” “travel, places and events,” and “lifestyle and culture.” This last category will tell you exactly what Facebook knows about your views and how you live.
If “US Politics” doesn’t show up in the first two rows, click “See More.” When I found it, Facebook had surmised — accurately — my political viewpoint. And it knows other things too, like the fact that I live away from home, away from family, and am a proponent of profanity… damn.
The good news is that these designations can be removed with a simple click of an “X” in the top right corner.
However, opting out of those categories also means that your content will no longer be curated to your liking anymore. All those times you hit “hide” on clickbait-y Upworthy articles, and the political pages you liked or declined to like, those will no longer be factored into what content comes up in your Facebook news feed.
It’s worth noting that the carefully crafted news feed stories and videos that almost always show you things that you want to see, will instead show you all the unfiltered political news — including things you don’t agree with — or ads for items you would never buy.
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.
U.S. troops rejoice — the midnight curfew for service members in South Korea has been temporarily suspended, as command evaluates if you can be trusted to not act like wild animals in the streets of Pyeongtaek.
Late last month Activision's Infinity Ward dropped a teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — a soft-reboot of one of it's most beloved games — and just two weeks after the May 30 reveal, the game developer unveiled some new details on what's in store for the first-person shooter's multiplayer: Juggernaut and ghillie suits!