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[–] drakesdoom 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A large source of information is the phone app. If it is installed it gives Facebook your phone number and every phone number and email saved in your phone. Any account that you have a phone number for and anyone with your number will get suggested. It also uses gps tracking so anyone you are around multiple times will get recommended.

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[–] Dismal_Swamp 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I had this happen when I was using FB. I logged onto FB from my work phone one time and it started recommending me people that I had called from that phone, people I barely even know but do business with. I met this girl and we got up a few times and then decided to go our separate ways, she was from another state with neither me or her having mutual friends. We had only texted each other a few times over a couple weeks and she popped up on the FB too. We had decided to never talk to each other again after the last time we got up because she told me she was married. So both of our profiles pop up on each others accounts at the same time as recommendations, with both of us thinking the other one looked up each other. That was fucking weird but the weirdest one was an ex-GF from a long time ago before facebook existed. I stopped talking to her before facebook was a thought in Zuckerbergs head. I didn't even have a cellphone or email account back then. We live in different states and have zero mutual friends!?!?! WTF! Neither one of us looked each other up. I fucking fled from that data mining scam right after that and haven't looked back.

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[–] Diogenes_The_Cynic 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

When you guys signed up for fb, didn't you lie about the exact spelling of your name and birthdate, like everyone else?

I even had friends put up and tag other people in pics as me to make their algorithms work less. Why was everyone else so honest?

Edit: A more unsettling scenario is that fb didn't make the connection, and it was instead made by programs written by outside groups.