(ABC) – Facebook users have recently become more aware of the fact that the social media site keeps track of what it thinks their political affiliation is, based on their online activity.

The data is likely used to find advertisements and pages to show you in your news feed.

To check where Facebook thinks you stand on politics, take the following steps:


  • Go to your settings –> ads –> your information –> your categories –> and look at the category of US politics
  • To Remove: Click the “x” in the right hand corner of the US politics box


  • Go to your settings –> account settings –> ads –> your information –> review and manage your categories –> and look at the category of US politics
  • To Remove: Tap on the three dots on the right side of the US politics box and then tap on the “Remove category” option

The political categories include very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, and very liberal.

The category is not something your friends on Facebook can view from your profile. However, there is a section called “Political Views” on your Facebook profile where you can share that information with the public or with your friends.

However, you’ll also notice other information compiled in this section, including information on your online behavior, what devices you use, information on your location, and possibly even your interests.

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(This story was originally published April 3, 2018)