Facebook ‘Download Your Information’ opens more data to users

12 Apr 2012

From today, Facebook users will have the ability to download an expanded archive of their entire Facebook account history via the ‘Download Your Information’ app.

The update to the Download Your Information app, which was first introduced in 2010, gives Facebook users access to more of their data.

Facebook said that alongside existing services like Timeline and Activity Log, this will grant people greater transparency and control.

The social media giant said it plans on adding additional categories of information to Download Your Information in the near future.

Users can access Download Your Information from the General Account Settings area within their Facebook Account Settings.

“Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history,” Facebook said in a statement.

“Download Your Information lets you get a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, such as photos, posts, messages, a list of friends and chat conversations. Now you can access additional categories of information, including previous names, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you logged in from.

“This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future,” Facebook said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years