Facebook Will Share Your Data – Including Private Messages – With Politico

By: Mike Tuttle - January 16, 2012

Facebook announced last week that they will be mining your posts and messages for your thoughts on the GOP presidential candidates, and they will share that info with Politico.

From that announcement:

“Facebook will compile mentions of the candidates in U.S. users’ posts and comments as well as assess positive and negative sentiments expressed about them. Facebook’s data team will use automated software tools frequently used by researchers to infer sentiment from text.”

As an example of the kind of data this mining will reveal, they offer this. Here are some screenshots:

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  • http://www.123webconnect.com Vince

    Another reason to switch to Google!

  • Barry

    The Facebook release specifically states that the data will come from “users’ posts and comments.”

    How do you jump to the conclusion that they will now also include private messages, as per your title?

    There seems to be enough to grieve about here without creating falsehoods about what is actually going on.