I know what you are thinking. Wasn't Login supposed to be off until Jan. 3? Am I already off a day?
Fear not, we decided to come back to your inbox a little early to share a piece that ran this morning detailing just how much Facebook knows about its billions of users.
Situational awareness: Tesla disappointed Wall Street with price cuts and fewer-than-expected deliveries, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
If you have spent the last few years on Facebook, dutifully updating your status, posting a ton of pictures and entering each new job into your profile, it's safe to say Facebook knows a ton about you.
But what many people don't realize is how much Facebook knows about all its users, even those who are far more guarded about what they post online.
Here are some of the key ways Facebook gathers information...
The bottom line: If you really want to hide from Facebook, you're going to have to delete your account.
Go deeper: Read my full story here.
Given all the data Facebook collects (see above), and its barrage of data controversies in 2018, expect the social network to be under a microscope this year.
Democrats have already signaled they’re serious about pushing some data privacy legislation as they take back the House this month.
Republicans won't be sitting on the sidelines. Missouri’s Republican Sen.-elect Josh Hawley, who initiated an investigation into Facebook’s data practices as the state’s attorney general, tells Axios' David McCabe:
“I highly doubt that many members of the public understand the breadth, in fact probably zero members of the public understand the breadth [of Facebook’s data collection]. The data collection is massive, it is largely unknown by consumers, and what particularly concerns me is the distinct possibly — I think probability — that consumers have not consented to this collection.”— Josh Hawley
ICYMI: Just 2 weeks ago, D.C.’s attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly misleading consumers about its data sharing practices.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Cable and satellite companies are struggling to reach deals with TV channels over how much they should have to pay for such content, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: These disputes, driven by a shrinking traditional TV market, are leading to more programming blackouts for consumers, and could be forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.
Driving the news: Both Comcast and Verizon Fios announced ahead of the new year that they were dropping Fuse, the music-oriented cable channel backed by Jennifer Lopez. And Fuse isn't the only provider to lose or risk losing distribution as telecom companies reevaluate what content to include in bundles.
The big picture: The rise of cord-cutting (people ditching cable packages for cheaper digital options) is beginning to reduce financial margins at cable and satellite providers, and channels that aren't driving a lot of viewership are paying the price.
They say you don't want to see how sausages are made. And that's probably true. But seeing how cookie cutters are made is pretty cool.