“In a 2010 study, Facebook’s data scientists proved that simply by showing some users that their friends had voted, Facebook could encourage people to go to the polls.” – Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching – NYTimes.com
“the tech giant secretly conducted a test in which they were able to allegedly increase voter turnout by 340,000 votes around the country on election day simply by showing users a photo of someone they knew saying “I voted”.” – You may hate Donald Trump. But do you want Facebook to rig the election against him?
“Facebook has given itself the mandate to extract what it can from people when they are most in need of human connection, and to offer a receptive audience to the most compelling bidders” – I Left Facebook, And You Can Too
“The goal of all of our research at Facebook is to learn how to provide a better service. Having written and designed this experiment myself, I can tell you that our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused. In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.” – OK so. A lot of people have asked me… – Adam D. I. Kramer | Facebook
“the Internet’s ability to break down “pluralistic ignorance”—the erroneous notion that your beliefs place you in a minority, when in fact most people feel similarly—is perhaps its greatest contribution to social movements. Facebook “likes” are often ridiculed as meaningless, but they can make a person realize that their social network feels the same as they do—and that’s a socially and politically powerful thing.” – What tear gas taught me about Twitter and the NSA