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Psychopaths On Facebook - How To Spot Them

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Comment by Deep Space on August 15, 2014 at 4:18am
Comment by HwΩΩd♪ on August 13, 2014 at 11:57pm
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Comment by HwΩΩd♪ on July 28, 2014 at 12:55pm
Comment by Deep Space on July 3, 2014 at 2:09am

When Is Facebook NOT Messing With You?

Comment by Ra on June 29, 2014 at 12:12pm

Facebook Doesn't Understand The Fuss About Its Emotion Manipulation Study

On Facebook, you may be a guinea pig and not know it.

This weekend, the Internet discovered a study published earlier this month in an academic journal that recounted how a Facebook data scientist, along with two university researchers, turned 689,003 users’ New Feeds positive or negative to see if it would elate or depress them. The purpose was to find out if emotions are “contagious” on social networks. (They are, apparently.) The justification for subjecting unsuspecting users to the psychological mind game was that everyone who signs up for Facebook agrees to the site’s “Data Use Policy,” which has a little line about how your information could be used for “research.” Some people are pretty blase about the study, their reaction along the lines of, “Dude. Facebook and advertisers manipulate us all the time. NBD.” Others, especially in the academic environment, are horrified that Facebook thinks that the little clause in the 9,045-word ToS counts as “informed consent” from a user to take part in a psychological experiment, and that an ethics board reportedly gave that interpretation a thumbs up. The larger debate is about what companies can do to their users without asking them first or telling them about it after.

I asked Facebook yesterday what the review process was for conducting the study in January 2012, and its response reads a bit tone deaf. The focus is on whether the data use was appropriate rather than on the ethics of emotionally manipulating users to have a crappy day for science. That may be because Facebook was responding to a privacy reporter:

“This research was conducted for a single week in 2012 and none of the data used was associated with a specific person’s Facebook account,” says a Facebook spokesperson. “We do research to improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible. A big part of this is understanding how people respond to different types of content, whether it’s positive or negative in tone, news from friends, or information from pages they follow. We carefully consider what research we do and have a strong internal review process. There is no unnecessary collection of people’s data in connection with these research initiatives and all data is stored securely.”
Remember reading this part of Facebook's data use policy?

Remember reading this part of Facebook’s data use policy?

Comment by Ra on May 22, 2014 at 10:54am

Creepy pop-up window in FB called Ask wants to know more about you.

Comment by truth on April 26, 2014 at 3:29pm
Comment by HwΩΩd♪ on April 22, 2014 at 7:06pm
Comment by truth on April 18, 2014 at 11:08am

Facebook Removes Post About Rancher Bundy

By Todd Starnes

Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards. This time I was censored for writing something about Rancher Cliven Bundy.

I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse.  However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to something I had written.

“We removed something your page posted,” Facebook told me in a rather unpleasant message. “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.”

Now before you call up the preacher and put me on the church prayer list – let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly. facebook3

Nevertheless, it caused great consternation and angst among Facebook’s left-wing censors. Following is the egregious text:

“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.”

Thousands of you posted comments and many more shared that message. It’s now gone — blotted out by anonymous redactors.

I reached out to Facebook to find out which part of the message violated their standards. Never heard

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