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Beware: This Website Is Compiling Facebook Statuses and Publishing Them (Is Yours on It?)

"We know what you're doing ...and we think you should stop."

How many times have Facebook users been warned to check their privacy settings and ensure more personal parts of their profiles are not visible to prying public eyes? Perhaps many were simply not worried that non-friends would be perusing through their timeline. Perhaps haven't met 18-year-old Callum Haywood yet.

The British student and freelancer began the website "We Know What You're Doing..." that also had the page ending line "...and we think you should stop," as an experiment to show people that they "need to check their privacy settings to make sure they aren’t sharing everything," Haywood said in an interview with Substance TV.

Some of the categories of statuses posted on the website include those who want to get fired (a.k.a. complaining about work or bosses); those who are currently hungover; and those who are taking drugs.

According to Haywood's website, abbreviated WKWYD, all this data is already publicly available on Facebook's Graph API. In a disclaimer he says, "I cannot be held responsible for any persons actions as a result of using this experiment. All attempts have been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this website. However, the information is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind."

In his interview with Substance TV, Haywood said he intends to keep the experiment going but does acknowledge that it could change based on reactions he receives. For example:

[...] earlier today I stopped the phone numbers from being openly published, because a group of people thought that it was irresponsible of me, and I agree with them. I’m not aiming to put anyone at risk, I just want them to see what can happen.

He also acknowledges that those who allow their profile to be seen publicly could have thought it could "only be seen from within Facebook." What they don't realize though, Haywood told Substance TV, is that "Facebook will happily give this information out to other sites via its API."

Haywood is kind, though. For those who may find their information on his website and want it gone, he makes the suggestion they first delete the activity from Facebook (it will then stop showing up on WKWYD) or they can contact him to block the posts.

See if everyone knows what you're doing here.

(H/T: Business Insider)

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