Facebook tells my friends that I 'Like' Facebook pages that I have never even seen. Facebook does this automatically. This experience leaves me with a feeling of "what else is Facebook not telling me?"
Last week, I was talking to my friend Dan. He mentioned that in his News Feed he saw that I (Marcel) 'Like' the Proper Cloth. He thought it was strange, since I don't usually promote brands in this way.
I have never taken any actions to indicate that I 'Like' the Proper Cloth, and I felt that a hacker might have done this. Dan navigated to the Proper Cloth Facebook page and there it indicated that Marcel Liked the page along with several thousand others. Then I navigated to the Proper Cloth myself and there was no indication that I actually 'Liked' it.
I decided to write to Facebook support asking a few questions about this. As soon as I submitted my questions, Facebook provided a message indicating that I would not get any response, but thanked me for my feedback.
I decided to post a question on my Facebook page to my friends: Did anyone have a similar experience as I did? Almost immediately Gina responded saying that she has. Furthermore, I had noticed in the past that on my News Feed I have seen that Gina 'Likes' Salesforce. (See the image below) I always thought this was strange, since I didn't think that Gina was involved with Salesforce.
One other friend, Howard, responded indicating that you have to opt out of this behavior. More on this below. Finally, I did send an email to the "Anti Phishing" group that I belong to. Foy, someone very knowledgeable explained how you can see what you 'Like' on Facebook.
How to Opt Out
On a regular browser (not the FB App) go to settings then ads. There's something that says 'can we pair your name with ads we think you like.' Just clicked no.
NOTE: What this is really saying, yes (which it is by default) means: "Facebook will at times indicate that you 'Like' something automatically, without asking you or informing you."
If you ask me, this stinks. It is probably just legal, but not ethical. It is using me to advertise to my friends with the claim that I like something, which in fact I do not.
How to Tell What Facebook May Have 'Liked' on Your Behalf
The "Antiphishing Working Group" responded with the following instructions: "look on your FB page on the menu bar under your profile picture, click "more" and there is an option for "likes". you can see what you like as well as what you follow.
This experience leaves me with a feeling of "what else is Facebook not telling me?" It is not a good feeling.