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WaPo: 98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you.

Astonishing. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. What concerns me more is the creation of ... no term for this yet ... ‘economic vacuum chambers’. As we see Republicans and Dems split off to ideological vacuum chambers, these targeted ads are feeding us product and services in ‘perceived’ economic and interest categories. What if I don’t fit the profile, but I’d really like an aged steak? Will I be served endless ads for Wal-Mart ground beef? What does this do to a person’s overall character, not to mention aspirations? Not describing this well, but I hope you get my drift. Many of these ‘feed them what they routinely view’ algorithms encourage and vivify terrible habit formation.

08/23/16 • 07:11 AM • InternetPsychologySocial Media • (2) Comments


The comments are funny - “this is why I don’t use FB.” I’m guessing FB’s tracking algorithms pale in comparison to Google’s - or to those owned by the guy who owns the Washington Post.

Posted by mgr on 08/23/16 at 11:14 AM

Oh, man ... don’t get me started on the WaPo.

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 08/23/16 at 01:30 PM


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