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Will also analyze demographic data in run-up to South Carolina primary

Last week, Facebook and Politico announced a partnership that would gather Facebook user posts deemed "political" by an algorithm for further study by Politico.

Politico is an Arlington, Va.-based newspaper and media outlet that hopes to use Facebook's wealth of user data to measure opinions of Republican presidential hopefuls.

"Politico has joined forces with Facebook to offer readers an exclusive look at the conversation taking place on the social networking site about the Republican presidential candidates ahead of South Carolina’s crucial primary on Jan. 21," the website analyzing the first round of data reads.

The move puts a spotlight on privacy, a subject to which Facebook is no stranger [1] [2] , amid concerns that the data is culled from users' private posts. Both companies claim the data remains private, and that no employee of either company will read posts. Rather, user data is processed through a "sentiment analysis tool." Every post mentioning a presidential candidate will be subject to the tool and compiled to illustrate broader national sentiment.

Politico will also have access to demographic information, including age and location.

"Facebook has been instrumental in expanding the political dialogue among voters and we couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to offer our readers a look inside this very telling conversation," Politico editor John F. Harris tells Mashable.

The techniques in the venture have been compared to Google's reports on search trends based on aggregate activity.

Sources: All Things D, Forbes



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RE: Zuckered again
By wordsworm on 1/16/2012 8:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, go figure. People, who are social animals, like to use one of the world's greatest social aggregating web tools to socialize.

I'm not really sure why you think it's evil that FB is analyzing data on its network. It's not like we, the users, pay for it. I don't say anything on Facebook that I'm afraid will come back to haunt me. It is a public space. I treat it like that.

You might as well say that the Internet is evil. Because, there are people who use the Internet to analyze information as well. So, why don't you get off the Internet? And telephones, too. Apparently there is software and hardware out there that 'listens' to telephone conversations in an effort to find 'terrorists'.

FB isn't perfect, but I don't have a problem with them analyzing my political statements in an autonomous way.


RE: Zuckered again
By JimboK29 on 1/16/2012 8:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
If the government did anything remotely equivalent to the privacy of people there would be outrage and you know it. But it is OK being Facebook because users are stuck on it. You are the last to find out you've been duped.


RE: Zuckered again
By mackx on 1/16/2012 9:21:21 AM , Rating: 2
i don't think anyone would complain if the Gov ran a social networking website that was completely optional. why would they?

you choose to join, or you choose not to.


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