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Facebook is curating your feed for you; are you aware?

The study found that the algorithm suppresses the diversity of the content you see in your feed by occasionally hiding items that you may disagree with and letting through the ones you are likely to agree with. The effect wasn’t all or nothing: for self-identified liberals, one in 13 diverse news stories were removed, for example. Overall, this confirms what many of us had suspected: that the Facebook algorithm is biased towards producing agreement, not dissent. This is an important finding — one you may have completely missed in the press coverage about how it’s all your fault.

Source: Facebook Said Its Algorithms Do Help Form Echo Chambers. And the Tech Press Missed It.

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A federal agent created a fake social media profile of a real person

The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cell phone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals.

via Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name.

This sets a dangerous precedent. Even if we allow that they were justified in co-opting her social media identity as part of an ongoing investigation, how is it kosher to include her innocent child in the mix?

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Behold, the power of social media

The image, faded and torn in places, seemed to have come from someone’s desk — and the fate of both owner and subjects could only be guessed at. So Keefe paged through photos of the deceased, looking for someone from the picture. She repeatedly posted the image to Twitter and Facebook, begging anyone with information to respond.

via How Facebook, Twitter and country star Blake Shelton solved a Sept. 11 mystery 13 years in the making – The Washington Post.