MotherJones.com is one of the best free magazines online. They describe themselves as “an American magazine featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights and culture.”
Here is a taste of MotherJones.com to entice you, an article about Facebook’s data mining of you and me… and why they’re doing it:
Facebook users and privacy advocates erupted in anger recently after New Scientist drew attention to a 2012 study in which Facebook researchers had attempted to manipulate users’ moods. “The company purposefully messed with people’s minds,” one privacy group complained to the Federal Trade Commission.
But the mood study is far from the only example of Facebook scrutinizing its users—the company has been doing that for years, examining users’ ethnicities, political views, romantic partners, and even how they talk to their children. (Unlike the mood study, the Facebook studies listed below are observational; they don’t attempt to change users’ behavior.) Although it’s unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies, they’ve consented to them; the social network’s Data Use Policy states: “We may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”
Below are five things Facebook researchers have been studying about Facebook users in recent years…
Read the full article: ‘Facebook Is Studying Your Mom, Your Makeout Buddy, and Your 9/11 Conspiracy Theories’.