Can you really see who views your Facebook profile?

One of the most common questions people ask themselves about social media is, “who viewed my Facebook profile?” Of course, we want to know who interacts with our page and who might be doing a bit of snooping. But there’s no legitimate way to tell who views your profile.

How to see who viewed your profile on Facebook

Facebook has had its fair share of privacy issues in the past, but one thing the company explicitly doesn’t allow is for users to see who views their profile, according to their official policy. “Facebook’s API does not grant developers access to such data, nor do they offer a feature or report for this natively on their website or mobile app,” Reggie Filho, who works for the social media management platform Social Report, says. Not only is there no official built-in tool for this, but Lance Ulanoff, the Editor in Chief of Lifewire, says there’s no safe or confirmed way to do this, either. It’s one of many other Facebook “facts” that aren’t true.

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1. Make sure that the website you are ordering from is secure
"Many websites will have a seal at the bottom stating that the website is indeed secure and will not make your information public under any circumstances. A site that has 'https://' at the beginning of their web address as well as a padlock symbol is typically a site to trust." -My Broken Coin
2. Search for product reviews beforehand
"Returning items to online stores can be a major hassle. So why not find out what others think of the product before you purchase it online? For example, before buying a new laptop, search for comments and complaints associated with the brand. If there are more negative reviews than positive, and the same problem is reoccurring, then it may not be a brand worth investing in. This will save yourself from buying something that would have to be returned to the store soon after receipt." -My Broken Coin
3. Look for promo codes before checking out
"Who doesn't like saving money, especially on necessities? Almost every retailer will have some sort of promotion available, so ensure you look for one before purchasing. You may not find every code useful or relevant to your purchase, but there are plenty out there that could save you money. So, before you check out ensure you search your retailer for voucher codes and see how much you could save." -My Broken Coin
5. Check and double check your shopping cart
"When shopping online, it's incredibly easy to get side-tracked and accidentally add things into your shopping cart. For example, you may double click on an item and not notice that you've order two of it until it's too late. As well as this, if you've visited a site before but abandoned your cart before purchasing, the site will sometimes have saved your items when you visit again. Thus, it's incredibly important that you double check what you're buying." -My Broken Coin
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"Price-matching and price-comparison is the one of the best strategies for saving money while shopping online, as you will be able to purchase items that you otherwise would not have been able to afford. Retailers are in constant competition with each other to offer the best price and product to customers, so find the one that's offering the best deal." -My Broken Coin

There are a few ways people claim you can check who visited your Facebook profile

Ulanoff and Filho warn that third-party apps claiming to give you a list of people who viewed your Facebook profile are bad news. For security and privacy, never download these apps—especially if they ask for passwords or other credentials. “They’re most likely selling the data you just gave them access to, to a third party,” Ulanoff says. This is data harvesting, and allowing access or permission to view your data also shares your friends’ data, according to Alex Heid, the Chief Research and Development Officer at Security Scorecard. If this is a feature Facebook wanted, they would build it in, similarly to how LinkedIn allows premium members to see this info, according to Heid. So stay clear of apps that claim they can track this information and report such services to Facebook. And avoid taking Facebook quizzes for a similar reason.

There’s another popular “hack” floating on the Internet claiming to show who visited your Facebook profile. The method involves looking at the “view page source” code and searching for “InitialChatFriendsList.” Doing this reveals profile numbers, but there’s no way to confirm that these numbers and accounts actually represent people who visited your profile, according to Ulanoff. And there’s no hard data from Facebook to check this against, Filho adds. These numbers could be people you already connect with or people you frequently chat with on Facebook Messenger, Ulanoff says. “In fact, the data derived from the source code method renders a list identical to the conversations list you may find on your profile’s right sidebar,” Filho says. But how to see who follows you on Facebook is possible.

Why doesn’t Facebook let you see who viewed your profile?

So there’s no official way to tell who views your Facebook profile, and the main reason why is privacy. “It would be a PR nightmare for Facebook if there was a way for non-friends to view your page and for users to know about it,” says Andrew Selepak, PhD, the director of the graduate program in social media at the University of Florida. “We all look up friends, former friends, exes, and coworkers on Facebook, and we don’t want users to know when we look up their page.” If this was possible, there’s a chance people would spend less time on the site and thus hurt Facebook’s revenue, Dr. Selepak says. But there are some Facebook secrets that the site does want you to know.

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