I write under a pseudonym and, because I’ve gotten some requests to post in a group there, I decided to create a brand new Facebook account under that pseudonym. I have a personal account (which I’m deleting soon).
I created a brand new google account (gmail/drive) under that name–no contacts, it has never received emails, it’s not associated with anything.
This is a brand new Mac. I did not clone another machine. I’ve never logged in to Facebook on this machine. Never touched my old (soon to die) Facebook account on it. I also have a fairly new phone and I’ve never allowed Facebook to touch that. I haven’t used Facebook in nearly two years.
All of this was done in an Incognito window. I was logged in to my regular (personal) gmail in a separate, non-Incognito window.
As soon as I created the new Facebook account (new name, new password, new everything, using the brand new email with no contacts, new everything, no associations, all Incognito), it recommended I add all of my contacts from my other Facebook account.
There is no way I can tell it should have known about that account. How did Facebook link these two accounts? Did it slither out of the Incognito window and sniff contacts from my regular gmail window? Something from my cache, even though it was Incognito? Did it do something with my IP? What the hell happened?
I went out of my way to be a new person in this instance and erect a hard wall, but Facebook climbed over it.
This new Facebook is also getting nuked the moment I figure out WTAF they did. I know they’re shady, but this… I’m speechless.