Trust is always a tricky thing when it comes to relationships, but then when it comes to technology and social media … well, it’s also just as tricky. Everyone who uses sites like Twitter or Facebook has to have a certain amount of trust in it, mostly trusting them to keep their information safe, which is what they always promise to do. From my own experience, I know that whenever I decide to sign up for one of these sites, there is always a long, boring agreement section towards the end that needs to be read, but let’s be honest here, who ever actually does this?
There are these privacy issues, but there are also always debates going on about how the sites go about advertising to us, like what their choices are based on. This is true when it comes to lots of sites, like Netflix’s choices of which movies / TV shows to display, or what Google shares with us. It’s often said that these decisions are usually made based on what we click on or show interest in. Even though in my opinion this sounds a little creepy, it is what most people have come to accept over the years. But, I read an article once that talked about a different idea … a rumor about how Facebook deals with these things.
“Facebook came under fire for deliberately manipulating the stories on its list of trending topics. It allegedly eliminated stories about conservative issues or ideas, [and then] artificially inserted other kinds of stories that weren’t trending.“
> Callie Crossley’s commentary on ‘Public Radio International’
I wrote a blog entry a while ago that was about what’s been happening with social media and social networking lately, and how people are now more interested in the news than in their friends’ lives. So, I think this makes the issue even worse, because it means that a lot more people will be steered towards the ‘chosen’ news topics, instead of what they would have wanted to watch. This type of control, in my books, is not cool at all. There’s an investigation going on about this right now, and I will be really curious to find out what ends up happening..
What do you think about this?
Have any of you heard anything about this before?