Transfer of posts, photos, and videos from platforms like Facebook has always been difficult. Regulators and politicians have accused the world’s most extensive social media network, Facebook, and other internet giants such as Amazon and Google, of engaging in the unethical anti-competitive activity. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed separate cases in federal court accusing Facebook of suffocating markets by acquiring competitors and damaging users by weaker privacy provisions. They also mentioned how users have difficulty switching their data from Facebook to other sites, prompting them to remain on Facebook.
In the light of this, Facebook announced on Monday that the users could export their information, including articles, messages, and notes, to Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress.com, easing fears that the social network is abusing its market position to suffocate competitors. This updated feature could help alleviate some antitrust concerns raised by lawmakers and regulators.
Users can now download all of their data (including the ad-targeting details the web gathers from you) in a ZIP file from Facebook and move images and videos to Google Photos, Dropbox Backblaze, and Koofr. They can also save a copy of the data they’ve shared with Facebook. It also allows users to export all of their personal information to other websites.
There’s also a need for a proper regulatory framework to extend the data forms and collaborators and promote data portability. A framework that spells out which data can be made portable and responsible for data security after transferring.
How to do it?
Now to utilize this feature, users need to follow the following steps.
1. On Facebook, click under Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information in the top-right drop-down menu.
2. Check Transfer a Copy of Your Information
3. Choose what media files to transfer — photos, videos, posts, or notes.
4. From the drop-down menu, choose which platform to which you want to transfer your information.
5. Log in to the service you selected to move your information to, and choose Confirm Transfer.
Now you are all set to move your information from Facebook to a compatible platform of your choice.