Warning to avoid this Facebook quiz app

People are being warned to stay away from quizzes on Facebook altogether
People are being warned to stay away from quizzes on Facebook altogether

A Facebook app is doing the rounds that highlights your most used words on the social network. It's being highlighted as a privacy nightmare.

The most recent app to take over Facebook is one that illustrates your most used words on the social media site. And UK-based VPN comparison website Comparitech warns that it’s a privacy nightmare.

Vonvon.me’s quiz has been shared more than 16 million times in just a matter of days. But it requires you to provide a significant amount of personal information.

More than 17 million people have taken the “What Are Your Most Used Words On Facebook?” quiz, which compiles users’ posts into colourful word clouds.

Millions of Facebook users have unwittingly handed over all of their personal details to an online quiz company as a result, it has been claimed.

Comparitech points out that not only does the quiz scan your history of Facebook posts and store the data, but it also asks for details outright.

The comparison website highlights that it asks you to disclose your:

  • Name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public info
  • Entire friend list
  • Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
  • All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
  • Education history
  • Hometown and current city
  • Everything you’ve ever liked
  • IP address
  • Info about the device you’re using including browser and language

Comparitech notes that this quiz isn’t the only to collect a vast amount of data or contain worrying phrases within its privacy policy, but this is the most recent to go viral.

Comparitech also said: “Vonvon is free to sell your data to whomever it pleases for a profit.

“Vonvon says it will not share personal information with third parties without permission, but just by playing the quiz you’ve technically given it permission.”

It says that the best way to protect yourself is to avoid online quizzes that require Facebook authentication altogether.

Emma Clarke