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The problem with social media
Source: Author: koreshky

A social networking service (also social networking site, or SNS or social media) is an online platform which people use to build social networks or social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections. Wikipedia article: Social networking service

Source: Economist

Data mining

  • Network analysis software
    • Sorted social networking data for any specific company
    • Customer demographics
    • Online behavior
  • Facebook's Social Ads
    • Sells tracked "social actions"
    • FB Beacon: track the websites a user uses outside of Facebook

Use in hiring

Getting hired/fired jobs because of views/comments/posted content

  • Want a job? Hand in your password first
  • Just do a search query: "list of people that lost their jobs because of social media"
Source: ondevice research

Use in school admissions

Kaplan Test Prep Survey: More College Admissions Officers Checking Applicants’ Digital Trails, But Most Students Unconcerned

  • Cooperation with governments
  • Facebook surveillance of users and non-Facebook users
  • Automatic face recognition: DeepFace
  • Net neutrality
  • Censorship (1/2)

  • The ways in which FB selects information to be presented to individual users are not well understood
  • Algorithms are like social policies; they should be available for public scrutiny
  • Users have been used as lab rats in psychological and social experiments (2/2)

  • Among all the algorithms crossing our life, Facebook's coordinate how people perceive the reality; besides the enormous audience, it is personalized, making it even harder to scrutiny
  • How the data are treated, assimilated, analyzed, used and re-purposed is not said by Facebook Data Policy
  • Facebook claims the complexity of the algorithm is so huge no engineer can understand or explain the internals, making the algorithm the perfect technocratic scapegoat
Promising technologies: fediverse
Source: Reddit user:nagiept
Source: Conservativememes