How to download your data from social media sites?

Social media giant Facebook has received a lot of backslashes after revealing its connection with data breach scandal. The political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has collected more than 87 million users personal information through Facebook developers tools which are open to everyone. As a result, Cambridge Analytica used this information for many bad campaigns.

This Facebook’s debacle made everyone to question their security and privacy on the internet and especially on social media sites. Because of this, Facebook has started rolling out new features to get back trust among the users and curb the controversy. One of such feature which grabbed the attention of many users is “Download Data”.

This feature allows everyone to download their data such as photos, videos, likes, shares, comments, etc., to offline. So, it helps them to recheck their activities on the social media site. This feature has impressed other social media sites as well – so everyone following Facebook footsteps to cram the “Download Data” feature into their site/application.

The other social media sites like Instagram and Twitter has included the feature for their users. Even the search engine giant, Google also brought this feature, so it lets the users download the full archive of data from all Google accounts.

Also, read: Facebook’s new ‘hate speech’ button created chaos for a moment

Follow these steps to Download data from different social media sites

Facebook

  • After opening your Facebook account Go to ‘Settings’
  • Now you can see an option ‘Download your copy’ click it to proceed further
  • Next, it will prompt you to the page that contains a button ‘Create File’, tap it to create a file. You are also allowed to create required data using filters
  • The file which contains your data copy is sent to your registered email address
  • Note that to generate and receive a file to the email takes some time
  • Check your email with subject Facebook and tap the link it consists to download the copy

Instagram

  • After login to your Instagram account, click on ‘profile’
  • Now it will take you to the profile where you need to click on ‘settings’ at the top right corner
  • It will pop up a menu where you need to choose ‘Privacy and Security’
  • Now, scroll down to ‘Data Download’ and click on ‘Request Data’
  • Next, you need to enter email and password to confirm, then Instagram sends an email to the address you entered where you need to download the copy of your Instagram Data

Twitter

  • Open your Twitter account by entering Username and Password
  • Now, go to ‘Settings and Privacy’ by clicking on the profile picture at the top right corner, that displays a menu which consists of Settings and Privacy
  • Next, it opens a page with different options on the left side, where you need to choose ‘Your Twitter Data’ option
  • It will take you to the page where you need to confirm your Password to retrieve data
  • Once data is displayed, then you will find a button ‘Request data’, Tap it to receive data to your registered email account. After receiving check your email and download the copy of data
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