Facebook now lets users export posts and notes to Google Docs, Blogger and WordPress.com – TechCrunch

Facebook today announced a new feature that allows users to export their Facebook posts and notes to a number of third-party services. Although the company has long had tools that let you download the information you posted on Facebook, the tool launched today offers a more practical way to save that data – by exporting your notes and posts to popular services like Google Docs, Blogger or WordPress.com.

Facebook users can find this latest feature in the settings in the “Your Facebook information” menu, where you then click on “Transfer your information”. A series of prompts will guide you through the process of transferring your data to one of the available destinations.

To protect the data, Facebook asks users to re-enter their password before starting the transfer, which it does with other exports as well. The process encrypts the data as it travels between Facebook and the other service, the company notes.

The move to support the export of text-based content is interesting as it has been reported that Facebook is developing a competitor to the newsletter platform Substack. The social network aims to capitalize on the growing momentum in the newsletter industry, in which lately a number of top authors have left major publications in order to get in direct contact with their audiences via paid newsletters. Twitter also acquired a newsletter company, Revue, to pursue the same goals. Facebook hasn’t said whether its upcoming product will be included in the export process announced today, but it does offer good protection against any kind of anti-competitive claims if and when Facebook introduces the new service.

Today’s addition is part of Facebook’s larger data transfer project, a collaboration between technology giants designed to give users more options to move their content between services. For example, last year, as a result of the collaboration, Facebook added a feature that allows users to export their Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos. Users can now also export photos and videos to Backblaze, Dropbox and Koofr.

In addition to announcing its announcement, Facebook advocated regulation in the area of ​​data portability. There should be laws defining what data should be made transferable and who is responsible for protecting the data after transfer. The company also cited comments it filed with the FTC last year, as well as a whitepaper examining privacy issues related to the development of data portability tools.

June 13, 2021