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How We Combat Scraping

Last week, we shared more details about a public database containing information about people on Facebook that appeared online and generated a lot of conversation around data scraping.

What Is Scraping?

Scraping is the automated collection of data from a website or app and can be both authorized and unauthorized. Every time you use a search engine, for example, you are likely using data which was scraped in automated ways with the consent of the website or app.

The data itself is not necessarily off-limits; scraped data is often widely available for ordinary people to access in their everyday use of the website or app. Scrapers may not access or collect data from our products using automated means without our prior permission.

What We’re Doing About Scraping

We devote substantial resources to combating unauthorized scraping on Facebook products. We have a dedicated External Data Misuse (EDM) team made up of more than 100 people, including data scientists, analysts and engineers focused on our efforts to detect, block and deter scraping.

Because scrapers mimic the ways that people use our products legitimately, we will never be able to fully prevent all scraping without harming people’s ability to use our apps and websites the way they enjoy. Since scraping is both a common and complex challenge to solve, we take a more holistic approach to staying ahead of it.

What You Can Do to Help Keep Your Data Safe

That’s why our existing user privacy controls allow people to adjust their settings for things like what information of theirs is public or who can look them up by their phone number. We also recently launched a dedicated page in our Help Center to inform people about scraping and what they can do to protect their information. For example, our Privacy Checkup feature helps walk people through their privacy and security settings, including Who Can See What You Share and How People Can Find You on Facebook.

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Apr 21, 2021 at 10:10

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