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Here’s The Weird List Of Stuff Facebook Thinks About You

You’ll probably be pretty surprised.

1. Ever wonder WHY you get certain weird Facebook ads?

Facebook has been keeping tabs on you (shocker!), and it has a list of things you’re interested in so that advertisers can target people with those specific interests. It also allows you to see that list (aka “preferences”) and even edit it.

But it’s a little tricky to find, so here’s an easy walk-through. I guarantee you’ll find something in your list that is totally weird and inexplicable.

2. First, go into “Settings” (at the top right corner), then into “Ads.”

3. Then click “Edit” on the part that says “Ads based on my preferences.”

4. Go into your Ad Preferences.

6. You’ll see a bunch of different categories. Most people will have hundreds of “preferences.”

7. You’ll notice that a lot of these “preferences” are really, really……….. weird.

8. There are categories like “Stalking”

9. And under foods, “Plant life-form”

10. Here are just some of the things that BuzzFeed staffers found listed in their “preferences”:

Hans Zimmer
Broccoli
Cucumber
Vegetable Oil
Egg
Adventure
Try
Panic
Away from family
Away from hometown
Planking (fad)
Nonsense
Types of Business entity
Dundee United F.C. *(a small Scottish soccer team)
Gray wolf
Mammal
Frog
Miracle
Man
birth without fear
White
Tins and shades
Black culture
System of a Down discography
Bark (sound)
Bee
Vulture (animal)
Technology late adopters
First baseman
Professional wrestling holds
Gratitude
Oriental Orthodoxy
Crying
Time *(under the “Travel, Places, and Events” section)
Victory
Meme
Emotion
Housemate-based Households
Relationship status: single
Fun
Tunic
Lorry driver
Rings of Saturn
Human
Toilet

11. Good news: If you want to get rid of these, you can by hovering over and then clicking the X.

Hopefully now I won’t be targeted by ads for my interest in………toilet?

12. Bad news is there are HUNDREDS of these, and you have to X out of each one manually. Of course, even if you do delete them all, Facebook will swap in new ones later.

13. If you found any particularly weird things in your preferences, let us know!

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Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
Contact Katie Notopoulos at katie@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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