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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Controversy’

Facebook Emotion Experiment Prompts Senator’s Letter To FTC

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Facebook’s controversial emotion experiment, seeking to have the commission examine the ordeal. “I come from the technology world, and I understand that social media companies are looking for ways to extract value from the information willingly provided by their huge customer base,” said Warner. “I don’t …

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Facebook Global Policy Head Defends Controversial Experiment

Another Facebooker has spoken publicly about the controversial emotion experiment the company conducted without user consent in 2012. The company’s global policy management head, Monkia Bickert, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and had this to say when asked about it and potential legislation: The tension between legislation and innovation…It is, in this specific incident that you’re referring to, although …

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Regulators Probe Facebook’s Emotion Experiment

An experiment Facebook conducted with some of its users two years ago has been getting a lot of negative attention in recent days after a paper about it was published. The company basically took about 700,000 users, and tested the effects of showing them more positive or more negative posts in their News Feeds. The goal was to see how …

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Actually, Facebook Changed Its Terms To Cover That Experiment After It Was Over

The plot thickens. As you may know, it has come to light that Facebook ran an experiment with nearly 700,000 users in 2012, showing how it could manipulate emotions by showing users more positive or negative content in their News Feeds. As some have pointed out, Facebook’s terms say it can use users’ info “for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data …

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Did Facebook Cross The Line This Time?

Facebook went and freaked a bunch of people out again. They were about due, weren’t they? This time, the freak-out comes from an academic study of all things, looking at how Facebook can manipulate users’ emotions based on the posts they choose to show in the News Feed. Some people feel Facebook has crossed a line here, while others essentially …

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Uber ‘Honors’ Pride Week with On-Demand Weddings

On-demand car company, ride-sharing purveyors, or disruptors of the taxi game – whatever you want to call them, Uber is known for creative marketing stunts. Last year, the company offered to deliver kittens for people to play with. Then, during Christmas, they delivered Christmas trees. Now, in honor of San Francisco’s LGBT Pride week, Uber is offering to marry you …

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Google, Once Again, Offends with D-Day Doodle

In another one for the Google hates America, freedom, and our veterans files, the search engine is once again on the defensive after pissing off some people on D-Day with a Google Doodle. For a brief period this morning, on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II, Google displayed a Doodle …

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Bride Drags Baby Down Aisle As Part Of Train

According to tradition, a blushing bride needs “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” One bride took “new” to a rather controversial extreme. Shona Carter-Brooks was ecstatic to be marrying the love of her life, Johnathon Brooks. The two tied the knot in a Tennessee church back in May. She even walked down the aisle in a gorgeous …

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North Korea’s State Owned News: “Obama is a monkey”

Propaganda is usually more eloquent, combined with images of gallantry and false promises through meaningless slogans; a rhetoric that allows for no free thought or discussion – ‘you’re either with us or against us.’ North Korea spares no elegance when it tries to make a point, whether it’s a myriad of empty threats, execution by flamethrower, or bombardments from its …

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Seth Rogen On Justin Bieber: “F*ck this kid.”

Adding one more to the large army of “haters”, Justin Bieber is fitting a narrative that has exponentially lead to a permanent label to his character: douchebag. Yesterday on the Howard Stern Show, Seth Rogen expressed his sentiment of dislike for the (now) bad boy mop bucket tinkling, house egging, strip club attending ‘musician': “He’s a good example of someone you meet, …

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Beyonce Instagram Controversy: Pretty Hurts?

The beauty standards are always shifting to be impossible to meet. Anything to get desperate and insecure women to shell out the cash to fail to meet them. If it isn’t boobs too small or thighs too big, it’s some other physical beauty demand crushing the souls of millions of women and girls. As Beyonce herself once sang, “Perfection is …

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LinkedIn Angers Businesses With Feature Removal

As recently reported, LinkedIn is killing the Products & Services tab on Company pages. It turns out that some businesses aren’t a fan of this move. Do you use the Products & Services tab? Do you find it to be a necessary feature of the LinkedIn experience or are the alternatives better? Share your thoughts in the comments. Back in …

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