Reply to post: Re: The internet is now ... closed for business

British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

Michael Thibault

Re: The internet is now ... closed for business

>Get rid of all instances of this and we're back in the days of Gopher and newsgroups.

You make it sound so easy. If only... If only...

That aside, it seems to me that the outrage is necessarily constrained to the question of permission/notice/consent; Facebook is built almost entirely on emotional manipulation as it is, so their formally undertaking research to make the tool sharper isn't much of a reach. Offensive that Fb couldn't content itself with the impetus of the juggernaut it's created--fueled almost entirely by people's insecurities about their social position-but not a surprise. Probably the bean-counters or the shareholders put the fear into management about 'are you doing enough?'.

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