1. An entertaining summary of the story so far on Facebook’s news feed and algorithmic biases from the PBS ideas channel
2. “Facebook ‘overestimated’ video viewing time” from BBC News
3. “Low-income families face eviction as building ‘rebrands’ for Facebook workers” from the Guardian
4. “Facebook and Israel to work to monitor posts that incite violence” from the Guardian
Gulp… so Facebook is going to get involved in policing one of the most contentious conflicts in the world… good luck with that one…
In an in-depth qualitative study of 36 web users, upon seeing advertising for weight loss products on Facebook some female users reported that they assumed that Facebook had profiled them as overweight or fitness-oriented. In fact, these weight loss ads were delivered generically to women aged 24-30. However, because users can be unaware of the impersonal nature of some personalisation systems, such targeted ads can have a detrimental impact on how these users view themselves: to put it crudely, they must be overweight, because Facebook tells them they are.
So maybe Facebook has a lot of power… or maybe we think it has more power than it actually does…