2 quick items from the MIT email thingie:
2 Facebook employees are begging it to change its political ad policies
At the very least it could make them fair, and consistently enforced. (NYT)
+ Facebook has taken down adverts from the Trump campaign which aim to harvest voter data. (WP $)
“You cannot harvest data, that’s OUR JOB!,” Faceberg did not wail.
And then CNN tells us:
“A San Francisco man is going to extreme lengths to call out Facebook’s controversial policy of allowing politicians to run false ads on its platform. On Monday morning, he registered as a candidate in California’s 2022 gubernatorial election — not with the primary goal of becoming governor, but so he can run false Facebook ads of his own. …
“Adriel Hampton, a political activist who runs his own marketing firm in San Francisco, registered at his local post office on Monday morning as a candidate for governor of California. Hampton told CNN Business that he will use his new status as a candidate to run false ads on Facebook (FB) about President Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and other Facebook executives.”
And then lastly we note with chagrin that the Wolf at the door only wants to help you (MIT newletter again):
Facebook will now remind you to get health check-ups (if you want)
The news: Facebook has launched a new preventative health tool which lets US users opt in for reminders to get health check-ups, vaccines, and cancer screenings. It has partnered with several health organizations for the launch.
How it will work: People can search for Preventative Health in Facebook’s mobile app to find out which check-ups are recommended by the partner organizations, based on that person’s age and sex. Users can use the tool to set reminders for tests, and mark when they are completed.
But, but: While the cause is worthy, it involves the most private data being collected by Facebook, a company that has repeatedly been hit by data privacy scandals over the last year. It says it has introduced extra safeguards for data entered into the app, and won’t show adverts based on the data that users provide. However, Facebook is relying on enough people to take it at its word at a time when trust in the company is at rock bottom, especially in the US.
Anyone who wants to give the most personal data to (arguably) the internet’s most malignant corporation will get whatever they deserve. Remember: YOU are the product that they sell to advertisers; you think that they would hold back from Big Pharma something that could earn them big bucks? IF the pre-existing conditions crap ever returned, do you think that Insurance Companies would not harvest your data from Facebook looking for a reason to reject you?